Category Archives: Assignment 8

Sound Influences

When trying to create a backing track for the title sequence I had several influences of artists/songs which I like.

There was Sigor Ros (an Icelandic band that sings in a made up language but still conveys the emotion of the song), there was also “Beyond” and “Stargate” by Epic Orchestral music (which I found on youtube and as you can probably guess is composed solely from instruments) then there is “If you say so” by the incredible Lea Michele (which conveys the pain and sadness that she feels through her lyrics).


Sound notes

Below are notes I made when I researched sound for the assignment. I mainly focussed on the effect sound had on the brain and different terminology associated with sound in media. I found it rather interesting actually, and I cited the sources in a previous post.

Sound notes

“The simple moral is that the emotions of music are “cross-modal,” and can easily spread from sensory system to another.” So happy music can make happy people seem happier.

Purpose of sound in tv/film

-Set mood/atmosphere
-Emphasise reality

Diegesis: section of the fictional world that we can see
Diegetic elements: are the components that make up the diegesis
Diegetic sound: sound that can be heard and see source (characters)
Non-diegetic sound: sound the characters cannot hear
Sound scape: essentially the mise-en-scene for sound
Score: music composed specifically for the production
Dialogue: consider tone, language, accent and volume
Volume: why loud? why quiet?
Direct address: Bringing reality and fiction together
Voiceover: can be character or narrator giving audience extra info
Sound bridge: part of continuity editing
Sound perspective: relates to positioning of sounds to indicate direction or distance
Asynchronous sound: where you see and hear the object giving off sound at different times
Synchronous sound: where you see and hear the object giving off sound
Incidental music: adds to the atmosphere of an action
Sound motifs: associated with a character or place

Sound effects can be (un)naturalistic and naturalistic can be made using a foley.

Music and how it effects emotions

The key is to know the expectations of the audience and controlling when and if they will be met.

The brain essentially ‘syncs’ itself with the beat of the song and tries to predict the next one, it is mainly a unconscious response.

“Music involves subtle violations of timing and, because we know through experience that music is not threatening, these violations are ultimately identified by the frontal lobes as a source of pleasure. The expectation builds anticipation, which, when met, results in the reward reaction.”

Music has the ability to conjure up memories and feelings, the enjoyment of this can be related to theories on synesthesia (which is the idea that as babies we interpret the world primarily with our senses and feelings as one experience, which only separate as we grow).


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