Beyond Dolby (Stereo) : Cinema in the Digital Sound Age
Since digital surround sound technology first appeared in cinemas 20 years ago, it has spread from theaters to homes and from movies to television, music, and video games. Yet even as 5.1 has become the standard for audiovisual media, its impact has gone unexamined. Drawing on works from the past two decades, as well as dozens of interviews with sound designers, mixers, and editors, Mark Kerins uncovers how 5.1 surround has affected not just sound design, but cinematography and editing as well. Beyond Dolby (Stereo) includes detailed analyses of Fight Club, The Matrix, Hairspray, Disturbia, The Rock, Saving Private Ryan, and Joy Ride, among other films, to illustrate the value of a truly audiovisual approach to cinema studies.
- Paperback | 392 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
- 23 Nov 2010
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 35 b&w illus.
[Kerins] does a fine job of demonstrating a crucial aspect of the way that contemporary films are constructed in a distinctive way. This book provides a noteworthy addition to the literature on film sound, bringing our analytical literature into the twenty-first century and teaching his readers the value of listening closely to the way films are now being made. * www.screeningthepast.com *
About Mark Kerins
Mark Kerins is Assistant Professor of Cinema-Television in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Table of contents
ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1. Production and Style 1. Cinema's Hidden Multi-channel History and the Origins of Digital Surround 2. The Sound of 5.1: Aural Aesthetics 3. The Look of 5.1: Visual Aesthetics 4. Decoding the Digital Surround Style 5. Using the Digital Surround StylePart 2. Analysis 6. Studying Multi-channel Soundtracks 7. Studying Image/Sound InteractionsPart 3. Theory 8. Body and Voice 9. Apparatus Theory 10. The Real and the SymbolicConclusion: Media and Media Studies in the Digital Surround AgeAppendix A: Timeline of Common Sound Exhibition FormatsAppendix B: Film Sound Personnel CitedNotesBibliographyFilmographyIndex