Sound Design: Unit 5

Sound design is the process of specifying, acquiring, manipulating or generating audio elements. It is employed in a variety of disciplines including filmmaking, television production, theatre, sound recording and reproduction, live performance, sound art, post-production, radio and video game development.

A sound designer will work closely with a director in order to achieve the creation of sounds for a film, tv show , theatre piece or video game.

Diegetic sound is sound seen where the audience understands it’s source due to it being physically shown on screen , or an action has directly caused this sound.

Non-diegetic sound is when a sound is added for dramatic effect , or through music added to create a specific atmosphere. Narration is an example of non-diegetic sound.

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sound effects that are added to film, video, and other media in post-production to enhance audio quality. These reproduced sounds can be anything from the swishing of clothing and footsteps to squeaky doors and breaking glass.

A Foley Artist is a person who creates (or re-creates) sounds for movies. For example, if the sound of an actor’s footsteps were not recorded well or lost when the voice was re-recorded, a Foley artist will recreate them.

Automated dialogue replacement is the process of re-recording dialogue by the original actor after the filming process to improve audio quality or reflect dialogue changes (also known as “looping” or a “looping session”).

This may be used when a film is released in a different country – which is usually referred to as dubbing.

A “clean” sound is close to a pure tone, with maybe some harmonics, like you get from a real instrument being played well. A “dirty” sound means that you can hear other tones or noise alongside the note itself. … ‘Dirty’ typically means harsh in some way.

The term buzz track usually means general ambient sound, i.e. the background sound of a scene. It is sometimes used more specifically to mean room tone. Buzz tracks are typically recorded on location before or after the main action has been recorded. Wild track, also known as wild sound and wild lines, is an audio recording intended to be synchronized with film or video but recorded separately.

Well known music that has been selected for film has a powerful effect on an audience as they carry their associations with said sound as they are watching the film.




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