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Kracauer, S. (1960). Dialogue and sound. Retrieved February 19, 2020, from https://ifsstech.files. ... siegfried_kracauer1.pdf 
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Categories: Film Music/Sound
Keywords: Film sound
Creators: Kracauer
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The term "sound" is commonly used in two senses. Strictly speaking, it refers to sound properall kinds of noises, that is. And in a loose way it designates not only sound proper but the spoken word or dialogue as well. Since its meaning can always be inferred from the contexts in which it appears, there is no need for abandoning this traditional, if illogical, usage.
A long section on speech in film. Also, symbolic and material meaning/usage of sound in film.


Originally in

THEORY OF FILM “The Redemption of Physical Reality”

Copyright 1960 The Oxford University Press

by Siegfried Kracauer

   "The bulk of existing talkies continues to center on dialogue. ... The reliance on verbal statements increases, as a matter of course, the medium's affinity for the theater."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Speech
   "The puzzling noises which the night is apt to produce attune the listener primarily to his physical environment because of their origin in some ungiven region of it."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Acoustic ecology Space
   "...localizable sounds do not as a rule touch off conceptual reasoning, language-bound thought; rather, they share with unidentifiable noises the quality of bringing the material aspects of reality into focus."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Acoustic ecology Reality/Virtuality/Actuality Space
   Talking of Eisentein and Clair's attitudes to talkies, the film "connoisseurs' preference for noises [as opposed to speech sounds] ... rested upon the belief that, as material phenomena, they evoke a reality less dangerous to the images on the screen than the kind of reality conveyed by the all-out talkie. Sounds whose material properties are featured belong to the same world as the visuals and, hence, will hardly interfere with the spectator's concern for the latter."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Asynchronicity Noise Speech
   "Sound used contrapuntally must relate to the synchronized images in an understandable way to signify something comprehensible."   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Asynchronicity
   Kracauer uses noise to refer to non-speech sounds similar to other earlier critics such as Cavalcanti (1939).

Cavalcanti, A. (1939). Sound in films. Retrieved January 16, 2006, from ... /575/sound-in-films.htm   Added by: sirfragalot
Keywords:   Noise
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