The sound of technology
in Cinesonica
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This chapter focuses on optical crackle and ground noise as sounds which signal just such a sense of the past, and on the quality of compression that contributes to the sonic signature of older film soundtracks. Central to the discussion that follows are two key observations that emerge from the analysis discussed in the chapter. Firstly, that ground noise is constant, and secondly, that film sound is compressed in terms of both its dynamic range and frequency range. In the case of optical crackle and ground noise, the chapter argues that convention operates within a complex of perceptual and cognitive processes set in motion by the drone-like qualities of the sound of technology. It then illustrates relationships between virtual and actual images and sounds.

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Sounding film and video

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