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Silent film sound

Author: Rick Altman
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2004.
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: Because silent cinema is widely perceived as having been exactly that-silent-no one has fully examined how sounds was used to accompany the films of this era. Silent Film Sound reconsiders all aspects of sound practices during the entire silent film period. Based on extensive original research and accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, the book challenges the assumptions of earlier histories of this period  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Altman
ISBN: 0231116624 9780231116626 0231116632 9780231116633
OCLC Number: 54670072
Awards: Winner of Limina Award for Best Cinema Studies International Book 2005
Winner of Theatre Library Association Award 2017
Runner-up for Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards 2006
Description: x, 462 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Part 1: Methodology --
History of silent film sound --
Past attempts to write the history of silent film sound --
Assumptions and limitations of the current project --
Crisis historiography --
New kind of history --
Anatomy of an identity crisis --
Part 2: Late-Nineteenth-Century Soundscape --
Musical scene --
Late-nineteenth-century musicians --
Stage music --
Bandwagon --
Lecture logic --
John L Stoddard --
E Burton Homes --
Part 3: Early Film Sound --
From peep show to projection --
Kinetophone --
Projected images --
Discontinuities --
Vaudeville --
Moving pictures in Vaudeville --
Vaudeville sound --
Films for music --
Part 4: Nickelodeon Sound --
Crisis of the late Aughts --
Competition --
Ballyhoo --
Lectures, sound effects, and the itinerant exhibition model --
From platform circuit to film lecture --
Lyman Howe, Leroy Carleton, and film sound effects --
Films that talk --
Synchronized sound --
Voices behind the screen --
Last words --
Nickelodeon program --
Illustrated songs --
Silence --
Nickelodeon music --
Traditional accounts of nickelodeon music --
Musical effects --
Popular songs and verbal matching --
Part 5: Campaign To Standardize Sound --
Trade press discourse --
Canary effect --
Musical standards --
Music for films --
Early film scores --
First published collections of music for films --
Musical suggestions --
Training musicians, training audiences --
Live demonstrations --
Four modes of theatrical organization --
Silencing the film audience --
Part 6: Golden Era Of Silent Film Music --
Moving picture orchestras come of age --
Blockbusters and picture palaces --
Motion picture orchestra --
Evolving musical repertory --
New roles for keyboard instruments --
Automatic pianos and one-man orchestras --
Cinema organ --
Cue sheets and photoplay music --
Cue sheets --
Photoplay music --
Musical practices --
Standard procedures --
Themes and leitmotifs --
Full program --
Conclusion --
Abbreviations --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Sources for illustrations --
Index.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: Rick Altman.

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