I wanted an electronic silence Musicality in Sound Design and the Influences of New Music on the Process of Sound Design for Film | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1751-4193
  • E-ISSN: 1751-4207


This paper explores connections between sounds and music, whether sounds can indeed be musical, and whether they can inhabit the same intellectual landscape as music. Drawing upon the work of composers as well as film-makers and film sound designers, it considers the way in which we listen, and the way in which our listening has changed over the past century of film and recorded sound. It also considers the ways in which many of the ideas first proposed as a reaction to Late Romanticism have developed into later musical idioms, and the way that some of these have found their way into film sound.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): early sound film; electronic music; Musique Concrte; sound design
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