Aug 13, 2022  
2013-2014 Course Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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43-2410 Aesthetics of the Motion Picture Soundtrack


This course examines Classical Hollywood as well as more recent film soundtrack practices, focusing on the interpretation of film sound relative to ‘expectancy’ theories of meaning and emotion. Film sound (i.e. the combination of dialogue, music, sound effects, and silence) is viewed through the perspectives of psychology, aesthetics, and criticism, providing students with opportunities to (a) cultivate sharply-honed critical listening/viewing skills (b) develop a vocabulary for intellectual discussion about a film’s soundtrack (c) learn about the perceptual processes associated with intellectual and emotional responses to sound and (d) discuss compositional tools and techniques that contribute to effective film sound practices. The course examines theoretical, aesthetic, and analytical perspectives and does not focus on the mechanics of film sound, addressed in a separate course.

3 Credits
Requisites PREREQUISITES: 52-1152 Writing and Rhetoric II  and 43-2420 Audio for Visual Media I  or 52-1152 Writing and Rhetoric II  and 24-2101 Post-Production Audio I  or 52-1152 Writing and Rhetoric II  and 43-2310 Introduction to Psychoacoustics and Sound Perception 



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