Acousmêtre - a kind of voice-character specific to cinema that derives mysterious powers from being heard and not seen. The disembodied voice seems to come from everywhere and therefore to have no clearly definded limits to its power.
depends for its effects on delaying the fusion of sound and image to the
extreme, by suppling the sound - almost av voice - and witholding the image
of the sound´s true source until nearly the very end of the film.
Only then, when the audience has used its imagination to the fullest is
the real identity of the sound revealed, almost always with a accompanying
loss off imagined power. As long as we can´t see whom we attribute
all-seeing power to the voice, but once inscribed in the visual field he
loses his aura (as the wizard in the Wizard of Oz and HAL in 2001).
(Edited excerpt: Michel Chion,
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