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The Auditory Setting: Environmental Sounds in Film and Media Arts

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay


The Auditory Setting introduces and investigates how narrative and a sense of place are constructed in film and media arts through the reproduction and mediation of site-specific environmental sounds, or ‘ambience’. Although this sonic backdrop acts as the acoustically mediated space where a story or event can take place, there has been little academic study of sound’s undervalued role in cinematic setting and its production. The aim of this book is to question classical assumptions about sound in film and media arts (e.g., image-based relationships) and shift the focus towards the site and it ... More

Keywords: Ambience, Sound studies, Environmental sound, Film sound, Sonic environment, Sound and setting, Presence, Field recording, Sound art, Sound and site

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474474382
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474474382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, author