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Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1751-4193
  • E-ISSN: 1751-4207


The intricate deployment of all the elements of sound music, dialogue, diegetic and non-diegetic sounds, as well as the intervals of silence in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky offers a complex multidimensional experience, creating in each viewer a unique response to sound. This article analyses the soundscape of Tarkovsky's 1979 film in order to understand the techniques employed, and how the use of sound creates a unique perceptual awareness in the audience. Rather than attempting to reveal meanings and symbols in the film, this article explores how, through a sensitivity to the possibilities of sound in film, it is possible to transcend the confines of its traditional uses and enable in its perceiver the freedom to engage that allows for the individual's own sensitivity and subconscious mind to take an active role in creating a personal connection and meaning.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): Artemiev; film music; perception; sound; sound design; Stalker; Tarkovsky
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