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Re-sounding images: sound and image in an audiovisual age

Chua, Collin (2007) Re-sounding images: sound and image in an audiovisual age. PhD thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

This dissertation examines the evolving articulation of sound and image in contemporary culture, with particular reference to film. It argues that sound and image have undergone a historical machined separation, followed by a machined fusion or recombination. The machined fusion of sound and image has enabled the creation of soundful images, which are more than simply the sum of their parts. Through the infusion of sound, images are now routinely reinforced with a performed sense of presence, where they are made to sound more real, more powerful, more authentic. Through association with the image, sounds are reinforced to the extent of becoming 'realer than real'. By tracing the history of sound and image from their initial machined separation to their subsequent machined fusion, it will be argued that a new relationship has been created that has shaped an influential new mode of communication and perception.

Publication Type: Thesis (PhD)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Media, Communication and Culture
Supervisor: Phillips, Gail
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/657
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