What can we learn from film sound

Kenneth B. McAlpine (Other), Matthew McLean

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This is an interview about the practical application of film sound theory and concepts to audio drama production. Some of the most famous and classic examples of sound being used to tell stories come from the world of cinema. On this episode we’re joined by Dr Kenny McAlpine of Abertay University as we take a look at what we can learn from film sound. The main focus of this discussion is to define some specific terms that are common in connecting emotionally with the subconscious of the viewer – and to think about how we use this techniques for a listening, rather than watching audience. We’re going to look at empathetic and anempathetic sound. Does the soundtrack serve to support the tone of the scene, or contrast it? We’ll also look at diegetic and non-diegetic music. Is the music in your story part of the story world, or exclusively for the listener? Why might you choose one over the other, and does it matter?
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAudio Drama Production Podcast
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2016


  • Film sound
  • Audio drama
  • Diegetic sound
  • Anampathetic sound
  • Radio production


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