Black Swan + Sound

We’ve focused on (longform and Twitter-length) reviews and examined the value of film’s more visual aspects (frames, shots) but for this week, we’ll be focusing on the aural components of film as well as the ways in which we can use sound software to produce multimedia compositions. As usual, below are a couple of examples to look at before class next week:

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Frozen Princesses And Character Deaths
NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour usually discusses pop culture related issues in their podcast. Coming off of the Disney Tumblrs and Paperman (2012) as well as Frozen’s status as one of the only two movies to be cited twice in everyone’s Top 5 Favorite Films, this is as good an episode to listen to before class.

– Other examples of this type of podcasts can be found at The Guardian (The Guardian Film Show) and at Slate (Slate’s Spoiler Specials). The Dissolve (a new-ish site on filmmaking also has a recent string of podcasts worth looking at, as they mix up panelists and format).

– Since we just saw Black Swan (2010), take a look at this supercut which looks at “The Sounds of Aronofsky

Sounds of Aronofsky from kogonada on Vimeo.

– And this video which details the sound work on the film:

SoundWorks Collection – The Sound of “Black Swan” from Michael Coleman on Vimeo.

– Here is an example of Black Swan (2010) being remixed with music from Aronofsky’s collaborator, Clint Mansell, from their earlier film, Requiem for a Dream (2000). (A similar attempt can be found here)


About Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan. His work has appeared in Film Comment,, Backstage Magazine, Vice, INTO,, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult, among others. He's a regular contributor to Remezcla and Electric Literature. | @bmanuel
This entry was posted in Multimedia Examples and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s