Week 6 (Feb. 24)




How do sound and image differ in their functioning?

sound - contextual / ubiquitous

image - punctual / located

The Synchronization Paradigm: desynchronization (especially where moving lips and audible speech are concerned) is immediately perceptible (and intolerable!)

More importantly: How does one break the conventional associations between sound and image which we have been trained to make?

Freudian Secondary Process: System 2 (conscious) reporting the inputs from System 1 (unconscious) – containing the strange within a plausible framework (the mind insists on coherence)

BREAKING ENTRAINMENT! (other forms of adjacency-making)

Arthur Lipsett (influence on George Lucas) – Fluxes (1968)

Black Audio Film Collective : Handsworth Songs

Michael Snow – Rameau’s Nephew (excerpts) (1974)

Sound that implies image: Carl Stalling (Zoom and Bored – music only)

Martin Arnold: Passage Ă  l’acte

John Smith – The Girl Chewing Gum


PREMIERE – importing/exporting, basic sound and image editing, rendering, codecs

EXERCISE for next week

Bring in one 15-second commercial and one 30-second commercial. Separate the sound and image tracks, name them with your name and upload them to a central folder.

EXERCISE #2 for next week

The sound of the image / the image of the sound: the visual and the auditory are always mutually originating each other while mutually determining each other at the same time. Listen to any given television show with the image turned off. What visuals are implied by the sound? Flip the situation. What sounds are implied by the visuals? (Robert Bresson: “silent film made sound possible”).

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