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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:00
The “Slow” Generalization of Sound
Concordia University, EV 6,720

In considering why it took so long for cinema to acquire sound it is important to compare between different historical periods. The slow-paced evolution of film sound (this was everything but a revolution) is not well known or documented in good measure because few people know just how diverse the environments for film screenings were during the first 30 years of cinema. The generalized movement toward sound is actually a multi-layered historical phenomena filled with tests and experimentations of all kinds. By analyzing films made between 1926 and 1935 I aim to show how a technological leap such as the coming of sound can at once transform the economy and aesthetics of a media.

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