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Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen

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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
Paperback, 239 pages
Published May 26th 1994 by Columbia University Press (first published February 17th 1993)
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I wish the class I took in college on film sound was half as good as this book. Michel Chion is a French musique-concrete composer and film theorist specializing in sound. In one of the only English translations of his work, Audio-Vision summarizes Chion's attempts to systematize the devices of film sound and come up with a kind of working grammar that can be used to "read" a film soundtrack. Really interesting stuff.
An important work in cinema theory, largely ignored until recent years. In contrast with mainstream film theorists, Chion treats film sound as of primary importance in the phenomenology of cinema. Audio-Vision is not intended to be a phenomenology of film; Chion provides a framework and taxonomy within which film sound might be studied critically. A classic and highly accessible treatment.
Kate Quartz
A pretty clear summary of some major ways that image and sound work together. I found the ideas around added value and animation especially useful.
Made me think about sound in a whole different way, but I thought it got quite technical and obscure for me in parts. Maybe I wasn't patient enough to really get the full meaning out of it. Definitely worth reading if you are interested in movies or making movies at all, unique perspective we don't often talk about.
Grig O'
The fact that dude's a composer and director as well as a film sound academic gives the book a systemic and comprehensive quality. A great book that will enrich the way you experience and think about films.
*THE* book on sound for film. Chion's acute observations of sound design and music and their use in films to reinforce stories and to suspend the audience's disbelief is unlike any other book on the subject.
Sep 06, 2008 malic rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all film/audio editors
Recommended to malic by: deborah stratman: film genius.
Shelves: film-tech
while it's sometimes a bit boring, it is excellent audio theory, particularly for the moving image. yes, tech theory- not tech instruction! wish there were more good books like this.
only adding this b/c golan told me too.

i had to read this for class and its pretty dry. if you're interested in the topic - sound in film - you'll really enjoy it. if not, skip it.
A fascinating overview of Chion's film sound theory concepts. Useful terminology with a clean and easily comprehensible translation by Gorbman.
Pretty intriguing. Any French scholar is good to read, and when the material is as interesting as this is... you simply can't go wrong.
Fernando Morán
Uno de los mejores libros que leí en la universidad, sin dudas.
Part of a necessary and introductory reading in audiovisual design.
Jun 18, 2007 Sophie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
A fantastic book on sound as it applies to film.
Aug 21, 2007 Lucas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only the hardcore film sound recordists/ designer
Shelves: film
Utterly groundbreaking.
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