Strange sounds
in Cinesonica
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The materiality of the strange sounds of electronica can be sounded by considering the ways in which tensions between the radical potential of noise, cinesonic codes, and the processes of history weave through the cinesonic text. This chapter discusses the Whitney Brothers' Five Film Exercises that are of particular relevance to a study of the cinesonic. This film offers an alternative to the dominant significatory models of sound-image relations proposed by classical cinema. The chapter then discusses classical Hollywood films produced in the 1940s and 1950s, in which the noise of electronica has been deployed within a significatory context to represent various forms of otherness. Finally, to consider a more contemporary use of electronica, the chapter considers Tina Keane's 1996 film Deviant Beauty, which features an almost entirely electronic soundtrack.


Sounding film and video


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