Audio Storytelling

Touch of Evil Opening Shot vs Touch of Evil Opening (No-restored version) :

The music in Touch of Evil Opening Shot has more of a happy tone to it. It makes you feel like what is about to come is going to be good or happy. You get that sense of the city with the police whistles, chatter among people, goats walking across the street and the music playing along the street. You do not get that noise from the explosion because it was cut off. This version gives you the impression of delight and excitement when that is not the case at all

In the Touch of Evil Opening ( No-restored version) it is a more dark type of music giving you that sense of something bad is going to happen from the beginning. It has a more mysterious and drama filled beat to it and much faster than the first version. Everything just seems to be going with the noise and is a much faster pace for the people and goats walking across the street. You do not hear the cops whistles as much or the conversations of the people, it is very serious feeling. The noise from the explosion was louder, the screams and sirens helps put into perspective of sadness and makes you aware of what just happened.

While reading and watching the selected items for this week I learned a lot about audio in film and most importantly noir. Audio in films to me just meant the noise that went with the actions. While audio plays a big part in noir, it has a much bigger meaning and role in films. A specific scene can be changed by the music playing in the background or lack there of. It conveys the mood, feeling and setting for that scene. You rarely see a scene in a movie or video that has music or noise that does not go with the specific setting, it just does not work.

Audio in noir expresses mood and shows how they use ambient space to convey “soundscape”. You would not get the same feeling of someone being chased down an alley if it was playing happy music as you do if the music playing was more dark and suspenseful. Pace is a big part of sound in noir films. The slower or faster the pace can determine what is trying to go on in that scene; like if someone was trying to run after someone the pace would probably be faster than if someone was trying to sneak up on another person to scare them which would be more slow. City scenes tend to have a more of a dark mysterious background noise from all the crime, gang, mobster, gambling and female dancers that could be in the scene.

I looked up an example of audio in scenes and how they change with different music: Here is a video of how different type of music can change the way this scene is viewed

Another way to look at audio in noir was by listening to DS106 Radio and being apart of the live twitter feed. I participated in the talk on Thursday night which consisted of The Killer’s and Moon Graffiti. You could really hear the different music and noises used for the different scenes and action going on in that scene. When there was gun shots in the scene the music was tense and you knew what was about to happen plus the gun shots were very loud. The music would begin to get very loud when a scene was going to end. Suspenseful music would begin to play when something dramatic or intense was going to happen. Basically, what I gathered from listening to DS106 Radio was the same as the reading and videos for this week, which was that audio plays a key part in the film plus can depict what is going to happen or change how something is viewed.

I enjoyed watching and reading this weeks material because it gave me an insight on how big of a role audio is in film and most importantly noir. Just like most of the other elements we have looked at up to this week, noir would not be the same without this feature in the films.


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