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Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen

A classic and highly accessible treatment. Sources of accent in musical sound and visual motion. The fact that dude’s a composer and director as well as a film sound academic gives the book a systemic and comprehensive quality.

Aug 21, Lucas rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: When all is said and done words can only do so much do audoovision across sound and image. Audio-Vision is not intended to be a phenomenology of film; Chion provides a framework and taxonomy within which film sound might be studied critically. This stance is adopted by Gorbman in her film-theoretic discussion film-music perception seven years earlier Worth re-reading and careful study.

Book Review: Michel Chion Audio-Vision — Sound on Screen

Chion’s account surmounts these difficulties through creation of a terminology and a framework for articulation of analytical accounts of sound in film. I wish the class I took in college on film sound was half as good as this book. Refresh and try again. Any French scholar is good to read, and when the material is as interesting as this is Expanding on arguments made in his influential books The “Voice in Cinema” and “Sound in Cinema,” Chion provides lapidary insight into the functions and aesthetics of sound in film and television.

Really enjoyed this book, it’s like Michel is looking at sound and image from every possible angle but without it feeling bogged down and heavy.

According to Chion, this transformation occurs not because of mifhel “natural harmony” between image and sound, but owing to the “audio-visual contract”, wherein, “the two perceptions mutually influence each other It reveals the potent influence of Chion’s earlier work on film sound, specifically as it impacts on American accounts of film-music, such as the semiotic account of Claudia Gorbmanaudiovusion is also the translator of the current book.


Chion highlights a set of functions that sound may serve via the phenomenon of added value. An important work in cinema theory, largely ignored until recent years. Sound on Screen,” French critic and composer Michel Chion reassesses audiovisual media since the revolutionary debut of recorded sound in cinema, shedding crucial light on the mutual relationship between sound and image in audiovisual perception.

The minimal discussion of the specific role of music appears to exist in a void of music-theoretic insight, and results in a relatively superficial account of the function of music.

Whilst Chion’s Audio-Vision does not provide a thorough examination of the specific nature and function of music in film as distinct from other sources of sound, it is the most coherent and persuasive theory of film-sound perception to date.

This term refers to “the spontaneous and irresistible weld produced between a particular auditory phenomenon and visual phenomenon when they occur at the same time. Sep 03, Amanda rated it really liked it Shelves: Valuable as both an introduction and a reference.

Theories of film sound conventionally mirror theories of film music in their emphasis on the use of sound in film to elicit psychological states and effects.

Preview — Audio-Vision by Michel Chion. This phenomenon of synchresis and marking of accents is compatible with the theories of Lipscomb and Kendall He auiovision the effects of such evolving technologies as widescreen, multitrack, and Dolby; the influences of sound on the perception of space and time; and the impact of such contemporary forms of audio-vision as music videos, video art, and commercial television. The text of Audio-Vision is in two sections.

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Books by Michel Chion. Chion claims that such a phenomenon “is not automatic.

Chion’s work presents a regrettably superficial discussion of how music specifically, as distinct from other sources of sound in dhion, may impact upon perception of filmic meaning, and how filmic context may impact upon perception and cognition of music. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


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Pin rated it it was ok Jan 28, In its synergetic relationship with image, sound can “temporalize” the image by animation, linearization, or vectorization.

Chion’s acute observations of sound design and music and their use in films to reinforce stories and to suspend the audience’s disbelief is unlike any other book on the subject.

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This lack may be partially attributable to the onerous task of accounting for the perception of sound in film in its entirety, or it may indicate Chion’s difficulty in integrating a theory of musical function in the account of added value. Chiom a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In one of the only English translations of his work, Audio-Vision summarizes Chion’s attempts to systematize the devices of film sound and come up with a kind of working ahdiovision that can be used to “read” a film soundtrack.

Dec 18, Ingrid rated it really liked it Shelves: The concept Chion employs to unify claims for the functional interaction of image and sound delineated above is synchresis.

Secondthe discursive “beyond sounds and images”, delineates an analytical method for scholarly analysis of sound in film. Re whole section whilst solid and interesting can read pretty dry. I found the ideas around added value and animation especially useful. Alex Hahn rated it it was amazing Choin 06, Open Preview See a Problem?

Lists with This Book. Sarah Mack rated cion it was amazing Jul 27, My only real complaint is that towards the end of the book everything moves towards putting forward Really enjoyed this book, it’s like Michel is looking at sound and image from every possible angle but without it feeling bogged down and heavy.

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