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Soundtrack in film

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Soundtrack in film

Posted Sept. 30, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Thanks to insight from professionals in the field, and the freedom to explore the use of sound in film, Beyond Casual Observation has featured a broad look at the functions of a soundtrack in film. Soundtracks are defined literally as the track of all sounds, and more commonly as a collection consisting of songs, scored and/or western form, for example--possibly a collection of ambient sound. These sounds, the music and more, intersect with performances in front of, and behind, the camera to tell a story. The incredible trait in sound is its versatility. Sound and songs create mood, convey messages about a range of things from the characters to the environment, and emphasize the presence of action or dialogue ...

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Musings on the need to be ...

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Posted Sept. 9, 2018, 12:02 p.m.
era vulgaris

Afterimages Wreckages of the pastEternally damned to repeat it.Exploded views incinerated by the electricity of truthPierced by the arrow of time keeping everything from ...

Only Death Is Real #1

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Posted Aug. 12, 2018, 4:15 a.m.
Only Death Is Real

There’s so much music released, whether physically or digitally, that keeping up with what’s going on becomes almost like a full-time job. There ...

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Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Leave Your Phone At Home

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Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Leave Your Phone At Home

Posted May 6, 2012, 6 p.m.

Blag Dahlia is the singer for the Dwarves and host of RadioLikeYouWant.com, a weekly podcast. He is the author of two novels: NINA and Armed to the Teeth With Lipstick. Leave Your Phone At Home I inherited Michael Jackson’s hyperbaric sleep chamber, so I myself am not getting older. But I’ve heard that the road can be tough on old folks (and young ones, too) so SPB has asked me to say a few words about touring through your twilight years. There are many things I could suggest about agents, promoters, travel bureaus and the like, but ...

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The Anxiety of Influence

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Posted July 16, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
Against Orthodoxy

In February 1996 late novelist David Foster Wallace released a modern masterpiece, Infinite Jest, uncovering a wellspring of contemporary criticism ...

Amy Oden: Making Punk a Drag Again

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Posted July 2, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Amy Oden is a Baltimore-based musician and filmmaker. Her work includes the feature documentaries From the Back of the Room ...

Guest Column: T (Vegas) - Portable Loudspeakers

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Posted Nov. 23, 2017, 3:47 p.m.
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As the good ole shock jock Plato so eloquently put it, music is the movement of sound to reach the ...

Guest Column: Blag Dahlia - Blag Dahlia’s Hate Mail (November 2017)

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Posted Nov. 6, 2017, 3:18 p.m.

Blag Dahlia is the singer for punk band the Dwarves and co-hosts the podcast We Got Issues. Since forming in ...

Guest Column: Poli van Dam (The Bombpops)

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Posted Oct. 22, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

SoCal punks The Bombpops formed back in 2007 and released just two EPs in their first decade as a band ...

Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

Regular Columns Jeffrey Roy on ADR mixing and Andrei Tarkovsky’s "Stalker"

Posted Aug. 6, 2017, 3:56 p.m.
Beyond Casual Observation

Jeffrey Roy is busy. Check the link for his credits and you will see a vast list of projects. In ...

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