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Sound Design is the New ScoreTheory, Aesthetics, and Erotics of the Integrated Soundtrack$
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Danijela Kulezic-Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190855314

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190855314.001.0001

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Musicalized Sound Design and the Erotics of Cinema

Musicalized Sound Design and the Erotics of Cinema

(p.89) 4 Musicalized Sound Design and the Erotics of Cinema
Sound Design is the New Score

Danijela Kulezic-Wilson

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 explores the sensuous dimension of contemporary soundtracks through examples of soundtrack musicality drawn from diegetic sounds such as physical activities, walking, or environmental sounds. The chapter argues that the overall musical effect produced by the interaction between repetitive sound and rhythmicized visual movement creates musicality of an inherently cinematic nature, a type of audiovisual musique concrète. This approach is theorized through the concept of the erotics of art, contending that the practice of blurring the boundaries between music and the soundtrack’s other elements is intimately connected to the emergence of a trend that emphasizes the sensuousness of film form—its sonic and visual textures, composition, rhythm, movement, and flow—without confusing it with sensory overload.

Keywords:   audiovisual musique concrète, erotics of film, film sensuousness, soundwalking, politics of perception, Gus Van Sant, Béla Tarr, Beau Travail, The Fits, The Assassin

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