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Double Vision: Bernard Herrmann's Collaboration in the Audiovisual Experience

Burrows, Ben ORCID: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-1212-2173 (2011) Double Vision: Bernard Herrmann's Collaboration in the Audiovisual Experience. In: Film Music Conference: Celebrating the Centennials of Bernard Herrmann and Nino Rota, 6th-8th September 2011, University of Leeds. (Unpublished)

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The term ‘double vision’ is used to refer to the unpleasant effect when the images from our two eyes are separate and distinct, where normally our brain processes the two images simultaneously, combining them into a single solid image. This is an analogy of the way hearing and vision function within the filmic experience: through their combination they provide the audience with an experience of solidity and depth.
Bernard Herrmann’s film music has long been influential in the collaboration between composers and directors in their understanding and application of music in the context of narrative cinema. It demonstrates the conception that music and sound are not an addition to the pre-existing visuals but an integral component in the audience’s audiovisual experience.
Herrmann’s collaborations with different directors demonstrate the adaptation of his approach according to their vision, to achieve the integration of music within the audiovisual experience. Through the examination of three seminal films the various functions of music in combination with image will be explored, uncovering Herrmann’s solutions to achieving these functions in different contexts, and how in each case he sought to understand the director’s vision and so to direct the musical soundtrack to crystallise and enhance this vision.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
M Music and Books on Music > M Music > M176 Film music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9794

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