ERIC Number: ED113772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Correcting the Visual Bias: Assessing the Functions of Music in Film and Television.
Berg, Charles M.
This investigation was carried out for the purpose of encouraging speculation about and investigation into the important communicative functions of music in film and television. After examining the visual bias of media analysts, critics, and historians--a bias which tends to filter out serious exploration of music's role in film and television--the body of the paper is given over to a consideration of film and television music's five basic functions. These functions include: masking noise to neutralize disagreeable sounds emanating from sources within and outside of the viewing environment; neutralizing silence to fill the disturbing aural voids which result when there is an absence of other audial stimuli; providing continuity to impart an undergirding, cohesive bond for film's and television's sequencing of separate images; providing dramatic support to amplify and reinforce the film or television program's audience effect; and using music as a special feature to attract patronage and increase income. The study concludes with a discussion of the need for further research that will generate increased understanding and appreciation of music's integral role in film's and television's communicative process. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the University Film Association Conference, August 18, 1975; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document