Posted by: soundlounge | December 7, 2009

Where’s That Sound Coming From?

And your word for the day is…’diegetic’. Diegetic and non-diegetic are cinematic terms relating to the use of sound in a film. Diegetic refers to sound whose source is visible on the screen, or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film. Where as non-diegetic is sound whose source is neither visible on the screen nor has been implied to be present in the action. A film’s music soundtrack is nearly always non-diegetic, creating a sense of mood and accentuating key moments in a film’s plot. In this clip from Mel Brooks‘ film High Anexity, he cleverly plays with this convention – moving the music from non-diegetic to diegetic – enjoy. – Brian Kelly, Creative Director, soundlounge.

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