Landscape, soundscape, taskscape in the films The Hurt Locker (2008), Katalin Varga (2009)

Martin, Jean (2013) Landscape, soundscape, taskscape in the films The Hurt Locker (2008), Katalin Varga (2009) The New Soundtrack, 3 (2). pp. 123-136. ISSN 2042-8855

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Abstract

A new, exciting film sound practice is emerging. Contemporary film soundtracksdo not exclude music, but seamlessly integrate it with sound design andsoundscape composition. Such emancipated use of sound in film, whetherenvironmental or musical, has merged different sound practices developed in the20th century:1) Acoustic ecology and the soundscape composition explore the relationshipof humans with their acoustic environments. They reflect and createawareness of soundscapes and use techniques of field recording to documentthe sonic environment preserving their contextual associations.2) Digital sound and music technology enable sound designers to play thestudio apparatus like a composer uses an orchestra, employing sophisticatedtechniques (e.g. selecting, augmenting, sampling, manipulating,mixing and diffusing sound in the surround field) to create emotions. Asa result, the collaboration between image and sound track has intensified,for example, reducing the importance of the establishing shot.This paper reflects theories of landscape, soundscape and taskscape in the contextof film and shows how the artistic practice of soundscape composition can createrich film soundtracks, taking two recent films, the Oscar winning The HurtLocker (2008) and Katalin Varga (2009) as examples.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: film sound; soundscape
Subjects: P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P303 Film Studies
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W600 Photography and Film > W610 Moving Image Techniques > W613 Film & Sound Recording
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W300 Music > W390 Music not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.3366/sound.2013.0042
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 03:00
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2015 09:15
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/13414

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