On Sun, 8 Jan 1995 11:49:46 CST Allan Siegel said:
>>Can anyone contribute other instances of such sound/image discontinuity
>>being used to support an ideological agenda?
>Discussions of the importance of sound (its prominance) within the
>televisual apparatus occur in a number of different recent essays. Most
>obviously in relation to MTV. Although, this example is not the same type
>of sound/image discontinuity that you cited in the above.
>It is an important issue. I can find you some references it you like?
I'd be interested to see what you've found, Allan. My own thinking on
TV sound was first shaped by:
Stephen Heath and Gillian Skirrow, "Television: A World in Action,"
SCREEN 18, no. 2 (Summer 1977): 7-59.
Heath/Skirrow make some keen observations on the ways in which image
is used to "fill in" information that is initially provided, or
pointed to, by the sound. Though they are focusing on TV news, their
comments also help to understand fiction TV.
This piece deserves to be anthologized, but so far I don't believe it
has been. Can anyone correct me?
Other sound-oriented pieces include Rick Altman's "Television/Sound"
(in STUDIES IN ENTERTAINMENT), John Ellis's (somewhat dated) VISIBLE
FICTIONS, and Herbert Zettl's sometimes quirky SIGHT SOUND MOTION.
I've tried to outline the significance of televisual sound in a
chapter in (shameless plug) TELEVISION: CRITICAL METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
(Wadsworth, 1994), However, I think I'm done a much too schematic
job of it and I'm open to suggestions.
What do folks think are the *key* articles on sound in television?
When from a long distant past nothing subsists, after the
things are broken and scattered, still, alone, more fragile,
but with more vitality, more unsubstantial, more persistent,
more faithful, the smell and taste of things remain poised a
long time, like souls, ready to remind us, waiting and hoping
for their moment, amid the ruins of all the rest; and bear
unfaltering, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their
essence, the vast structure of recollection.
--Marcel Proust, "Swann's Way"
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