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Peirce and sound design practice

Murray, L.ORCID: 0000-0002-2366-7460 (2015) Peirce and sound design practice. Journal of Sonic Studies, 10 .

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The semiotic model described by C.S. Peirce has been adapted to film and media generally and more recently to sound analysis, but seldom has it been applied to the actual practice of sound design. This paper argues that the model provides not only a comprehensive and powerful tool for the analysis of sound but may also be used as a tool to examine and inform the practice of sound design and production. By focussing particularly on Peirce’s later model of semiotics, which clarifies and reframes the definitions of some of the principal elements of his system, its utility in application to the analysis of sound is greatly enhanced. It provides an appropriate and flexible conceptual framework which can be applied to the processes involved in creating elements of the soundtrack – the practice of sound design – and a means to understand how the sounds themselves, in conjunction with the image, can be used to create meaning for the audience.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Sonic Studies
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