MIGUEL MERA (CITY UNIVERSITY): MUSIC AND MUSIC TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR
WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2017 | 1.15PM
MEDIA, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE SCREENING ROOM | KEELE UNIVERSITY
Towards 3-D Sound: Spatial Presence and The Space Vacuum
This presentation examines the continuous evolution of the relationship between sound design and music in cinematic representations of the interstellar space vacuum. Miguel will argue that in the late 2000s we begin to move beyond towards 3-D Sound, which is an aesthetic and technical extension of the superfield and the ultrafield, as defined by Michel Chion and Mark Kerins respectively. This shift is partly afforded by developments in digital surround sound and stereoscopic exhibition technologies. The defining characteristic of 3-D Sound is the emancipation of music from its traditionally fixed sound stage spatialisation, resulting in the disintegration of historical functional divisions between sound design and music. Drawing on presence research, particularly Wirth et al’s model of the formation of spatial experiences, the presentation also provides a framework for understanding how immersive media can inspire users to believe they are personally and physically present in the represented environment. Overall, this presentation examines the relationship between two types of spatial presence: the spatial presence that articulates the audience’s suspension of disbelief and subsequent 'location' within a film’s narrative world, and the spatial presence of sound and music within a multichannel cinema environment. Examples may include 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Star Wars (1977), Apollo 13(1995), Armageddon (1998), Star Trek (2009), and Gravity (2013).
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