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Audio-Vision by Michel Chion

In Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, French critic and composer Michel Chion reassesses audiovisual media since the revolutionary 1927 debut of recorded sound in cinema, shedding crucial light on the mutual relationship between sound and image in audiovisual perception.

Chion argues that sound film qualitatively produces a new form of perception: we don't see images and hear sounds as separate channels, we audio-view a trans-sensory whole. Expanding on arguments made in his influential books The Voice in Cinema and Sound in Cinema, Chion provides lapidary insight into the functions and aesthetics of sound in film and television. He considers the effects of such evolving technologies as widescreen, multitrack, and Dolby; the influences of sound on the perception of space and time; and the impact of such contemporary forms of audio-vision as music videos, video art, and commercial television. Chion concludes with an original and useful model for the audiovisual analysis of film.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231078986
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/26/1994
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 8.25(w) x 5.40(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michel Chion is a composer of musique concrète, a filmmaker, an associate professor at the Université de Paris, and a prolific writer on film, sound, and music. His other books with Columbia University Press are Film, A Sound Art and The Voice in Cinema.Claudia Gorbman is a film studies professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is the author of Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music (1987), the editor of several books, and the author of many articles on film sound and film music. She is also the translator of Michel Chion's Film, A Sound Art, The Voice in Cinema, and 2001: Kubrick's Cinema Odyssey.Walter Murch has been repeatedly honored by both the British and American Motion Picture Academies for his sound design and picture editing. He has received special recognition for his work in The Godfather, The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, and The English Patient.

Table of Contents

The Audiovisual Contract
Projections of Sound on Image
The Three Listening Modes
Beyond Sounds and Images
Lines and Points: Horizontal and Vertical Perspectives on Audiovisual Relations
The Audiovisual Scene
The Real and the Rendered
Phantom Audio-Vision
Sound Film--Worthy of the Name
Television, Video Art, Music Video
Toward an Audiologovisual Poetics
Introduction to Audiovisual Analysis

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Alan Williams

Michel Chion is the leading French cinema scholar to study the sound track...I know of no writer in any language to have published as much in the area, and of such uniformly high quality, as he.

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