Acoustic ecology and the cinematic representation of architectural space: Strains of R. Murray schafer's acoustic design in the films of Jacques Tati
Keywords:Ecology, Photography, Speech synthesis, Acoustic design, Acoustic ecology, Aesthetic analysis, Cinematic representation
AbstractAcoustic ecology and the cinematic representation of architectural space is discussed with a particular focus on the strains of R. Murray Schafer's acoustic design in the films of Jacques Tati. R. Murray Schafer aims to develop awareness about the way modern spaces create and shape sound, and move towards the design of such spaces with an appreciation for how their sound affects their inhabitants. French filmmaker Jacques Tati made a career out of fashioning cinematic explorations of the sonic differences between old-world community spaces, urban environments, and the increasing sprawl to suburbia in the 50s and 60s. Film sound in terms of Acoustic Ecology in general, and the work of R. Murray Schafer in particular, can offer a new paradigm in which formal and aesthetic analysis can be carried out within the discipline of Film Studies. The study of the cinematic representation of space can offer new paths for exploration within the field of Acoustic Ecology.
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