Surrounded by Ear Candy? The Use of Surround Sound in Oscar-nominated Movies 2000-2012
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionNordicom Review. 2014, 35 (special), 251-262.
This article looks at surround sound in contemporary cinema, with the aim of discussing practices of sound design and, more particularly, pinpointing a ‘best practice’ of surround sound today – focusing here on the practices in the US. The empirical starting point for the analysis is a study of ten Oscar-nominated movies, analysing their soundtracks and especially comparing their stereo and surround versions. The method can be described as a ‘directional’ listening mode, analysing how the different channels and speakers are used when presenting sonic elements like voices, music, atmospheres and sound effects.