The Sound Design in Film
We gestate in Sound, and are born into Sight Cinema gestated in Sight, and was born into Sound
Walter Murch (From the foreword to Audio-Vision, by Michel Chion)1
Roughly, the first thirty-three years of film’s early history—between the introduction of Edison’s kinetoscope in 1894 and the commercial success of Warner Brothers’ The Jazz Singer in 1927—established the “motion picture” as a fundamentally visual art form, with images telling the entire narrative. In those early decades, before the introduction of “ talking pictures,” the movies themselves were silent and sound was incorporated almost exclusively in the form of live musical accompaniment played during the screenings, long after the production of ...