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Personal Take: - Composing with Sounds as Images

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2019

Nicholas Cook
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
Monique M. Ingalls
Affiliation:
Baylor University, Texas
David Trippett
Affiliation:
University of Cambridge
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Digital media editing techniques have allowed the emergence of common technical approaches regardless of specific media. The non-linear approach to digital editing has encouraged a certain eclecticism in sound and music work to image. The practice of compositing, recombining images from different sources onto the visual frame, is echoed in the layering of audio samples in the soundtrack. This remix approach to audio creativity can be compared to DJ remix practice. Compositing sound to visual sequences is a task of finding meaning in musical building blocks, that can then be freely mixed in sync to picture. The resulting changes in professional practice are shaping a new kind of audio-visual composer: a polymath at ease in music, sound and image.

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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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