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Sound carries meaning in more ways than simply by accompanying a visible object or person

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Ben Burtt demonstrates how he made Wall-E

"Ben Burtt demonstrates how he made Wall-E come to life and answers a ton of questions. This was a presentation I attended at Pixar and it’s seriously amazing to watch Ben as he demos how he made all the Wall-E sounds and what he bought on eBay to get new sounds. If you’re a fan of Wall-E and Star Wars, I really recommend watching some of this." -Steve Weintraub >> 4 x 10 min clips      

Sound Effects Bible: How to Create and Record Hollywood Style Sound Effects by Ric Viers
Guide to recording and editing sound effects. The book covers topics such as microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding Digital Audio Workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio and more
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Sound in the Cinema and Beyond
Special sound edition of the online journal Offscreen with contributions from Randy Thom, Elizabeth Weis, Claudia Gorbman and many others

An Introduction to Film Sound
Jane Knowles Marshall writes about Dialogue, Synchronous and Asynchronous Sound Effects, and Music
Sync Tanks: The Art and Technique of Postproduction sound by Elisabeth Weis
Designing a Movie for Sound
Sound designer Randy Thom's Film Sound Manifesto
Sound Design of Master & Commander
Sound Design of Transformers

In Defence of Vulgarity: the Place of Sound Effects in the Cinema
Article by Gianluca Sergi
Sound Design of Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix Interview with Sound Designer Andy Kennedy, Film Sound Daily Jul 2007
Movie Sound Articles
More than 200 on-line articles sorted by movies

The annual Sound Wave Award 2004 went to Sven E Carlsson for his extraordinary work on his website
- "Without any kind of financial support, Sven has devoted immense power and a large amount of his time creating the most important forum on this planet for practitioners of sound design, film-school students and the rest of all film sound buffs in the world." - FSFL
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Interview with sound effects editor Bruce Stambler

Dane Davis Articles
Interviews with Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor Dane Davis (The Matrix, Matrix Revisited, Matrix Reloaded, Treasure Planet, 8 Mile)

Walter Murch Articles
Sound designer and film editor Walter Murch may be one of the most and diverse below-the-line talents to be working in movies today. (Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The English Patient, Cold Mountain)

Randy Thom Articles
writings by sound designer Randy Thom (Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
Sound of illusions -
Sound of moving images

The difference between sound in Real Life and sound in Film/TV

About the perception of sound
by Klas Dykhoff

Sound Effects in Sci-Fi and Horror Films
by Fiona Kelleghan

Sound in Tarkovski's Sacrifice
Interview with Owe Svensson, Swedish Sound Mixer



An Open Letter from your Sound Department "Production Sound Manifesto" written by audio professionals to help you understand how good sound can be recorded on the set.

Post Audio FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions about Film & TV Post-Production

Sound by Design by Nick Peck "The sound-design process is no real mystery."
  Creating Undersea Sound Effects of "The Hunt for Red October"
Sound Design of "The Haunting"
Interview with Sound Designer Gary Rydstrom

The Sonic Playground:  Hollywood Cinema and its Listeners by Gianluca Sergi

The Culture­specific use of Sound in India Cinema
by Shoma A. Chatterji, Film Critic, India

Sound of Horror
A Study of Sound Design in Modern Psychological Horror

"Sound of Horror" is a 4-hour study on sound design in modern psychological horror films with clips, interviews, and examples of director / sound designer collaborations.
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Free Association Radio

Moving Pictures That Talk  -The early history of film sound    

Orson Wells and ADR - Audio postproduction of The Magnificent Ambersons

Robert Bresson's Notes on Sound

Lang's M - Editing Sound as Visuals

Blue Velvet - a mixed genre film with horror film sound 


Film Sound Bibliography
Film Sound Theory and Postproduction Books and Articles. Visit New for more articles, radio programmes etc.

Film Sound History
Sound recording and the ability to photograph and reproduce motion pictures began intersecting at the very beginning, 1895!!!!. - Articles, Timelines, Books, and more

Sound Design of Star Wars
Articles about how Sound Designer Ben Burtt created the signature sounds for Star Wars.

Film Sound Clichés
Film Sound Stereotypes and Common Logic Flaws

Film Sound Questions & Answers
- "How to learn the art of sound design?", - "How to design a new language?" - "What is the sound of nothing?" ..and more

Foley Artistry
Beginners guide, Interviews with Foley Artists, Who was Jack Foley? ..Foley Tips .. and more

Animation Sound
Introduction to Animation Sound, The Test Screening of Steamboat Willie, Links to Sound and Music articles from 'Animation World Magazine'

Game Audio
On-line Articles, and link to the Sound & Music section at Gamasutra

Terminology & Glossaries
Dilettantes Audio Dictionary, Dolby Laboratories' Glossary, Larry Blake's Glossary, Philip Brophy's Adiovisual Concepts, Film Sound Terminologies and more

Film Music
Articles, How to FAQs, Links to Film Music Resources, Film Music Books and more

Sound Design of Sci-Fi Films
The Fifth Element, Lost in Space, Contact, Men In Black 2 Minority Report, Terminator 2, Star Trek ,Matrix and more

Home Theatre Sound
Beginners Guide, How to Best Design your Room, Glossaries, and FAQs

Acoustic-Ecology, Sound Scape Studies, Architectural Acoustics etc

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Direct sound & Reflected sound 
Characteristic sound
Diegetic sound
Emotional realism
Establishing sound
Hyper-real Sound 
Non-diegetic sound 
Natural sounds 
Location sound
Point-of-audition sound
Production Sound 
Room Tone 
Sound designer 
Sound hermeneutic 
Sound motif 
Sound loop 
Supervising Sound Editor 

Tomlinson Holman's Classification
Roles of sound
Marwin K Kerner's Classification of film sound effects
The Purpose of Sound effects
Robert L Mott's Nine Components of Sound
Musical components:  

Sound envelope components: 

Record and playback component:

Bordwell  & Thompson's Terminology  
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Dimensions of Film Sound:

Michel Chion´s

Acousmatic sound 
Added Value 
Audiovisual Contract 
Anempathetic Sound 
Empathetic Sound 
External logic 
Internal logic 
Materializing Sound Indices

"Chion is a poet in theoretician's clothing"  

Book Review: Michel Chion, Audio-Vision

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