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Sonic Elongation: Creative Audition in Documentary Film

Rogers, Holly. 2019. Sonic Elongation: Creative Audition in Documentary Film. Cinema Journal, ISSN 0009-7101 [Article] (In Press)

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This paper investigates documentary films in which real-world sound captured from the location shoot has been treated more creatively than the captured image; in particular, instances when real-world noises pass freely between sound and musical composition. I call this process the sonic elongation from sound to music; a blurring that allows the soundtrack to keep one foot in the image, thus allowing the film to retain a loose grip on the traditional nonfiction aesthetic. With reference to several recent documentary feature films, I argue that such moments rely on a confusion between hearing and listening.

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This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in the Cinema Journal following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available through the University of Texas Press.

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21 May 2018 11:47

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10 Jul 2019 09:33

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