Lecture #6: Sound & Music

This week we focus on the use of Sound & Music in Editing. Sound editing, music and mixing are key components of the art of editing.

In this session we will learn about diegetic and non-diegetic sound; recording sound (mic placements, POV, room tone, thumbprint recording); mixing sound (what you can and can’t solve in the mix); elements of sound editing; stages of sound production and post production; working between picture and sound edit in advanced editing, and more.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Birth of Sound of Film. Scene on June 9, 1922, in lecture room 100 of the Physics laboratory, when Professor Joseph T. Tykociner gave the world’s first public demonstration of sound-on-film movies. His work caused the old system of “pictures on film, sound on phonograph discs,” to be discarded. Tykociner is behind the desk, looking at the horn microphone. Beside him is the first sound-picture camera. At far right of the table is the first sound-picture projector. Headphones hanging from the table or a loudspeaker were used to hear the sound. Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Birth of Sound of Film. Scene on June 9, 1922, in lecture room 100 of the Physics laboratory, when Professor Joseph T. Tykociner gave the world’s first public demonstration of sound-on-film movies. His work caused the old system of “pictures on film, sound on phonograph discs,” to be discarded. Tykociner is behind the desk, looking at the horn microphone. Beside him is the first sound-picture camera. At far right of the table is the first sound-picture projector. Headphones hanging from the table or a loudspeaker were used to hear the sound. Credit: Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives.

GUEST:

We are also very lucky to have as a guest, the  film composer ROBERT ELLIS-GEIGER. He brings a wealth of experience in composing for feature films and documentaries as well as working with sound for film.

ROBERT ELLIS-GEIGER remains an active performer and composer of music for film, TV, multimedia and the concert hall. Robert had designed state-of-the-art audio and multimedia facilities for: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Leeds Metropolitan University (England), Singapore Polytechnic and Griffith University (Australia) before he joined CityU.

Robert has studied under the late Australian film composer, Brian May (Mad Max I & II, Gallipoli, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Nightmare on Elm street 6: Freddy’s Finale). His current research is on “Trends in Contemporary Hollywood Film Scoring: Language and Technology”. You can find out more about Robert from his website.

Reading:

Chapter 2 “The Early Sound Film” The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice.

Links:

http://www.filmsound.org/links.htm

This is a video discussing in depth the Sound Design in STAR WARS EPISODE II.

WALTER MURCH talking about Soundscapes with Composer Charles Amirkhanian and soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause.

If you ever question Walter Murch’s talent, listen to his incredible sound design in the opening sequence of Apocalypse Now

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