Lowering the Boom
Critical Studies in Film Sound
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Lowering the Boom by Jay Beck
Book DescriptionAs the first collection of new work on sound and cinema in over a decade, Lowering the Boom addresses the expanding field of film sound theory and its significance in rethinking historical models of film analysis. The contributors consider the ways in which musical expression, scoring, voice-over narration, and ambient noise affect identity formation and subjectivity. Lowering the Boom also analyzes how shifting modulation of the spoken word in cinema results in variations in audience interpretation. Introducing new methods of thinking about the interaction of sound and music in films, this volume also details avant-garde film sound, which is characterized by a distinct break from the narratively based sound practices of mainstream cinema. This interdisciplinary, global approach to the theory and history of film sound opens the eyes and ears of film scholars, practitioners, and students to film's true audio-visual nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252075322
(216mm x 135mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jay Beck
Designing Sound, Hardback (February 2016)
Offering detailed case studies of key films and filmmakers, Jay Beck explores how sound design was central to the 1960s and 1970s era of experimentation with new modes of cinematic storytelling. He demonstrates how sound was key to many directors' signature aesthetics. Yet the book also examines sound design as a collaborative process.
Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre, Paperback (March 2013)» View all books by Jay Beck
This book analyses the significant changes in the aesthetics, production and reception of Spanish cinema and genre from 1990 to the present while providing multiple perspectives on the concepts of national cinemas and genre theory.
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Author Biography - Jay Beck
Jay Beck is an assistant professor of media and cinema studies in the College of Communication at DePaul University. Tony Grajeda is associate professor of cultural studies in the English Department at the University of Central Florida.
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