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A general aesthetics of American animation sound design

Article – Published 10th Jul 18

From the inception of sync sound in the late 1920s to the modern day, sound in animation has assumed a variety of forms. This article will propose four principal modes that have developed in the commercial realm of American animation according to changing contingencies of convention, technology and funding. The various modes are termed syncretic, zip-crash, functional, and poetic authentication. Each one is utilised to different aesthetic effect, with changing relationships to the image. The use of voice, music, sound effects and atmos will be considered along with the ways in which they are recorded, manipulated and mixed. Additionally, the ways in which conventions bled from one period to the next will also be illustrated. Collectively, these proposed categories will aid in understanding the history and creative range of options available to animators beyond the visual realm.

Publication details

Publication status Published
Refereed 1
Publication title animation: an interdisciplinary journal
Author(s) Dr. Paul Taberham
Publishers name Sage
Volume Vol 13, Issue 2
Identification number https://doi.org/10.1177/1746847718782889
Number of pages 17
Page range 131–147
ISSN 1746-8477