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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 15. Influences of Sound on Meaning

Sound influences how we create meaning. While language and the spoken word are in some respects most obvious, nonverbal speech, sound effects, and music also inform our capacity to interpret and understand dramatic intention. The subtleties and nuances of the human voice can communicate more about characters and their motivation than what the words alone might signify. Well-crafted and appropriate sound effects lend realism and convincing illusion to a production while music adds emotional depth and dimension to our experience as an audience.

Characteristics of Sound

All sound—speech, sound effects, and music—is made up of the same basic elements: pitch, loudness, timbre, tempo, and rhythm. Furthermore, ...

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