Neu: The Soundtrack

Intellect is pleased to announce that The Soundtrack 10.1 is now

Authors: Benjamin Wright

Samba and the descent into violence in City of God
Authors: Hans Michael Anselmo Hess

The soundtrack analysis for Cidade de Deus (City of God) (2002)
demonstrates how the 1960s samba songs ‘Alvorada’ (‘Dawn’) and
‘Preciso Me Encontrar’ (‘I Need to Find Myself’) used in the film
represent the samba lírico-amoroso and the depictions of rural living,
idyllic favela, naivety and the hope and desire for a better life as
well as a love for the romantic frustrations in the life of the
malandro. As the story of the film moves into a new period and the
favela descends into a world of drugs, violence and death, samba
changes its use and representational function in the film.

Experimental phenomenology in the development of a colocative audio-visual display
Authors: Michael Filimowicz

This article describes the methodological background for perceptual
studies conducted on the author’s Pixelphonic display – a system that
colocates visuals and their associated sounds in moving image
displays. The concept of Pixelphonics is to add a spatial complement
to synchronized sound, so that audio can now be in place with its
image, in addition to being in time with it. Methods grounded in
experimental phenomenology are used to better understand the general
perceptual response to the system, which works by attaching a 2D array
of audio exciters to the backside of a screen, connected to signal
distribution and software. Findings show the general efficacy of the
system and adequate perceptual resolution for further development and
refinement of the display. One experiment is selected for discussion
to illustrate the approach.

Investigating sound: Visual and aural style from Broadchurch to Gracepoint
Authors: Amanda Keeler

Using Broadchurch and its American version Gracepoint as a case study,
this article explores the aesthetic relationship between these two
television programmes through an analysis of their visual and aural
styles. The increasing proliferation of television-to-television
adaptations and remakes necessitates revisiting the terminology to
assess how it accommodates methodological approaches that extend
beyond cross-cultural analyses. As narrative content and style are
inextricably connected, this article attends to the complexity of
employing existing terms to analyse the new version of a programme
that simultaneously replicates and departs from the style and tone of
its predecessor.

Calls of the wild? ‘Fake’ sound effects and cinematic realism in BBC
David Attenborough nature documentaries
Authors: Karen Collins

The BBC’s Planet Earth II represented a landmark in natural history
documentary television, using the latest technologies to capture
nature in ways never before seen or heard. But the series was mired in
accusations of ‘fakery’ and ‘trickery’ when it came to the sound, due
to its entirely post-production soundtrack. This article explores
these accusations in the context of the history of Attenborough
documentaries and contemporary practice.

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