Hearing Film: Film Sound and Music (EAFM081)

30 credits

Film sound and music have had key roles in influencing both the form and the meanings of filmic texts, and are central to audiences' experiences in the cinema. Despite this fact discussions of film sound and music have tended to be marginalized in the critical discussions of film studies by the dominance of a visually based paradigm. The module will address the critical neglect of film sound and music by fostering a deep engagement with the study of sound. The focus will mainly be on American cinema, but illustrative film examples will be drawn from wider filmmaking contexts. Film sound will be explored from a variety of historical, critical and theoretical perspectives.