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Sound Laboratory

Code 13095
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cinema
Entry requirements None.
Mode of delivery In person.
Work placements None.
Learning outcomes The objective of this curricular unit is to contextualize the introduction of sound in cinema and lead students to identify the processes necessary for capturing and editing sound for a film. Subsequently, some concepts about the relationship between music, sound and cinema will be introduced. At the end of the semester, students should feel prepared to guarantee the collection and treatment of the sound objects necessary to create a soundtrack and make a critical assessment of the sound of a film.
Syllabus 1. Sound in the cinema
historical context
2. Acoustics
Application domains, amplitude, frequency, timbre
3. Psychoacoustics
Sound intensity perception, auditory masking, sound directionality
4. Electroacoustics
Electrical concepts, equipment and systems, technical specifications, recording media, digital and analog recorders, mixing consoles, connections
5. Microphones
Microphone types, polar patterns, sensitivity, frequency response, impedance, microphone choice
6. Direct sound
The importance of pre-production, equipment (organization and maintenance), capture techniques, body positioning, analysis and problem solving
7. Sound as a vehicle of meaning and as a plastic material
Diegetic, non-diegetic and subjective sound, porosities, the four listening modes, sound parameters and musicality, functions of film music
8. Post-production
Digital systems, dialogues, environments, foley, effects, virtual instruments, mixing
Main Bibliography CHION, Michel, A audiovisão: som e imagem no cinema, Lisboa, Texto & Grafia, 2011

FONSECA, Nuno, Introdução à Engenharia de Som, Lisboa, Lidel/FCA, 2007

HENRIQUE, Luís, Acústica Musical, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2007

HUBER, David M. , Modern Recording Techniques, New York, Focal Press, 2005

MARQUES, Miguel, Sistemas e Técnicas de Produção Áudio, Lisboa, Lidel/FCA, 2014

SONNENSCHEIN, David, Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema, Studio City, MWP, 2001

YEWDALL, David, The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, New York, Focal
Press, 2007
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Combination of the theoretical component with the practical component and an assessment based on a written test and practical exercises in sound capture and sound post-production for cinema.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-22

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