Monday, March 30, 2009

Voice as Demonstration Tool in Chapter 2

Chapter 2 uses multiple examples from films to illustrate the musicality of the sound track. In class, demonstration of musical terms using live musicians is ideal, of course, but a compact "bare bones" introduction can be easily managed by using the instructor's own voice (augmented by assistance from students' voices to illustrate polyphony or textural layering). The advantage of this is that the concepts are thereby transferred out of the musical setting to the speaking voice (similar to dialogue) and the instructor's physical movements (similar to acting). The final transfer to the film sound track, then, can be made with little difficulty.

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