a single sound in cinema can be adequately described with musical terminology"
Rick Altman writes:
Current approaches to film sound systematically borrow a musical model. The most influential introductory film textbook of the last decade defines the acoustic properties of sound as loudness, pitch, and timbre.
This definition is based on the apparent
assumption that all film sounds have the nature of musical notes, that
is, they are...
In fact, since the terminology is borrowed from the realm of music, we find that with these terms we can handle almost any of the types of analysis typically practiced on a musical score.
In fact, no even musical sounds can be fully described in musical terminology. More appropriate for describing musical scores than individual performances, musical terminology pays little attention to the details of any particular performance, concentrating instead on the common factors joining all performances of the same score.
If I attended three concerts of Mozart's "Little Night Music" in a ..
Yet how different are the sounds that reach my ears during the three concerts!
Musical notation assumes that each sound is..
We can no longer continue to depend on a fundamentally conceptual terminology that remains insensitive to sound's phenomenally.
Instead we must have a terminology capable both of respecting sound's heterogeneous nature and of figuring the narrative component built into the very process of recording and reproducing sound.
Technical manuals aimed at the production of sound rather than aesthetic analysis of sound present a far broader terminology. The best and more complete of these manuals is Audio in Media by Stanley R. Alten. (Belmont, California, Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1990, 3rd ed.)
Rick Altman: The Material Hetereogeneity of Recorded Sound (p15 - 16, 255) in Sound Theory, Sound Practice (1992)
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