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Shaping Sound in the Studio and Beyond: Audio Aesthetics and Technology by Gary Gottlieb

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Semiotics

As sound designers we deal with a large variety of cues that are incorporated into productions in a variety of ways. In our desire to create these cues—some of which fall upon the conscious mind and some of which are subliminal—the field of semiotics can be helpful in defining and codifying our terms. Semiotics, as explained by Martin Esslin, is a system of analyzing the theatre experience based on the signs given from the stage. Although this system was originally designed to describe the effects of visual cues on the audience, we can easily expand the definition to include the audio experience.

Before we explore the system of semiotics, a tabular classification of sound cues based on location and mood will be helpful in assessing ...

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