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Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

K.J. Donnelly


Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film focuses on an often overlooked aspect of audiovisual culture that is crucial to the medium’s powerful illusions. This book examines the perceptual origins for audiovisual culture, as well as the technological basis of this psychological process. Concentrating on the connection between sound and image, it contends that attending to the musicality of film soundtracks can unlock the veiled ‘occult’ psychology invoked by the hidden marriage of the two. Most writing about film has abided by the illusionist perspective that considers it f ... More

Keywords: Film music, film sound, film theory, synchronization, audiovisual, aesthetics, psychology, illusion, asynchrony

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199773497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K.J. Donnelly, author
University of Southampton