College Music

Question 1: Read Chapters 1 (Projections of Sound on Image) in the Michel Chion’s Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen and then respond to these below:

  • Chion asserts that cinema is verbo- and vococentric. What does he mean by this?
  • In the section titled “Value Added by Music,” Chion discusses empathetic and anempathetic musical effects in the film. What are these effects, and how do they work? Can you think of any examples from films that you’ve seen that use sound—musical or otherwise—in either of these ways?
  • Chion discusses three ways in which sound impacts the perception of time in the film, one of which is temporal linearization. What is temporal linearization, and why are diegetic sounds important for this cinematic effect?

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