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The Sounds of Early Cinema is devoted exclusively to a little-known, yet absolutely crucial phenomenon: the ubiquitous presence of sound in early cinema. "Silent cinema" may rarely have been silent, but the sheer diversity of sound(s) and sound/image relations characterizing the first 20 years of moving picture exhibition can still astonish us.
Whether instrumental, vocal, or mechanical, sound ranged from the improvised to the pre-arranged
(as in scripts, scores, and cue sheets). The practice of mixing sounds with images differed widely,
depending on the venue (the nickelodeon in Chicago versus the summer Chautauqua in rural Iowa, the music hall in London or Paris versus the newest palace cinema in New York City) as well as on the historical moment (a single venue might change radically, and many times, from 1906 to 1910).
Contributors include Richard Abel, Rick Altman, Edouard Arnoldy, Mats
Björkin, Stephen Bottomore, Marta Braun, Jean Châteauvert, Ian Christie, Richard Crangle,
Helen Day-Mayer, John Fullerton, Jane Gaines, André Gaudreault, Tom Gunning, François
Jost, Charlie Keil, Jeff Klenotic, Germain Lacasse, Neil Lerner, Patrick Loughney, David Mayer,
Domi-nique Nasta, Bernard Perron, Jacques Polet, Lauren Rabinovitz, Isabelle Raynauld, Herbert
Reynolds, Gregory A. Waller, and Rashit M. Yangirov.
Indiana University Press
Introduction, Richard Abel and Rick
I. A Context of Intermediality
1. Ian Christie, "Early
Phonograph Culture and Moving Pictures"
2. Tom Gunning, "Doing for the Eye What the Phonograph Does for the Ear"
3. Mats Bjorkin, "Remarks on Writing and
Technologies of Sound in Early Cinema"
4. Richard Crangle, "‘Next Slide
Please’: The Lantern Lecture in Britain, 1890-1910"
5. François Jost,
"The Ways of Silence"
6. Edouard Arnoldy, "The Event and the Series: The
Decline of Café-Concerts, the Failure of Gaumont’s Chronphone and the Birth of Cinema as Art"
II. Sound Practices in Production
7. Isabelle Raynauld,
"Dialogues in Silent Screenplays: What the Actors Really Said"
8. Bernard Perron,
"The First Transi-Sounds of Parallel Editing"
9. John Fullerton,
"Sound, the Jump Cut, and ‘Trickality’ in Early Danish Comedies"
Dominique Nasta, "Setting the Pace of a Heartbeat: The Use of Sound Elements in European
Melodramas Before 1915"
11. Rashit Yangirov, "Talking Movie or Silent Theater:
Creative Experiments by Vasily Goncharov"
III. Sound Practices in
12. Gregory Waller, "Sleighbells and Moving Pictures: On the Trail of D. W.
13. Stephen Bottomore, "The Story of Percy Peashaker: Debates about
Sound Effects in the Early Cinema"
14. Richard Abel, "That Most American of
Attractions, the Illustrated Song"
15. Jeffrey Klenotic, "‘The Sensational
Acme of Realism’: ‘Talker’ Pictures as Early Cinema Sound Practice"
16. Lauren Rabinovitz, "‘Bells and Whistles’: The Sound of Meaning in
Train Travel Film Rides"
IV. Spectators and Politics
Châteauvert and André Gaudreault, "The Noises of Spectators, or the Spectator as
Additive to the Spectacle"
18. Jacques Polet, "Early Cinematographic Spectacles:
The Role of Sound Accompaniment in the Reception of Moving Images"
19. Marta Braun and Charlie Keil, "Sounding Canadian: Early Sound Practices and Nationalism in
20. Germain Lacasse, "The Double Silence of the
‘War To End All Wars’"
V. Film Music
Loughney, "Domitor Witnesses the First Complete Public Presentation of the [Dickson
Experimental Sound Film] in the 20th Century"
22. David Mayer and Helen
Day-Mayer, "A ‘Secondary Action’ or Musical Highlight? Melodic Interludes in
Early Film Melodrama Reconsidered"
23. Rick Altman, "The Living
24. Herbert Reynolds, "The Record of Special Music Scores for Kalem
25. Jane Gaines and Neil Lerner, "The Orchestration of Affect: Motif of
Barbarism in Breil’s The Birth of a Nation Score"
A. François Jost, "Les Voies du silence"
Arnoldy, "L’Evénement et le série: Le déclin du café-concert,
l’échec du Chronophone Gaumont et la naissance de l’Art
C. Bernard Perron, "Les transi-sons du cinéma des premiers temps"
D. André Gaudreault and Jean Châteauvert, "Les bruits des spectateurs"
E. Jacques Polet, "Le spectacle cinématographique des premiers temps: fonctions des accompagnements sonores dans la réception des images animées"
F. Germain Lacasse, "Le double silence de la ‘dernière guerre’"
Indiana University Press