What Is Synchronised Sound Developed Can Be Approached? Essay

960 Words Nov 17th, 2015 4 Pages
The question of why synchronised sound developed can be approached in many different ways. From a teleological approach the argument would be that the development of synchronised sound seemed inevitable, arguably a logical improvement on Hollywood films. A teleological viewpoint would see the development of sound as inevitable because this makes the films more realistic. Steve Neale argues that the use of sound-in-film “reflects more of the world as experienced through our two basis senses” (Neale, 1985, p. 96). The teleological approach looks at sound as a process to get to where we are today. This viewpoint makes the development of synchronised sound seem like a stepping stone in the evolution of sound.

Unlike the teleological approach, the contextual approach to sound looks at synchronised sound in the context of its time. This approach doesn 't undermine the success of synchronised sound like the teleological approach, which I feel looks at sound from a modern day viewpoint giving the impression that these early days were “primitive” crude beginnings rather than the large success in the context of the time. From a contextual approach the development of sound also seemed logical because the film studios were approached by AT&T and Western Electric. Showing that it wasn 't the film studios who felt like their films were lacking sound, it was large corporations who wanted to develop their sound systems on a larger scale. Synchronised sound was first used for filming…

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