significance of sound in the 1950s SciFi Film

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2 Responses to “significance of sound in the 1950s SciFi Film”

  1. Emmett Doherty 060762330 Says:

    After just finishing the movie, “The day the earth stood still” The singular most important concept of this film was the introduction of what I call the, “Common, out of context sound.” Let me elaborate more. When the space ship is about to land on the baseball diamond, you can hear a faint sound of static followed by and increasing pitch which sounds close to a kazuu. These two sounds were very common during the 1950’s however being placed in the concept of a flying object this throws off our equilibration. Thus making us feel foreign to the object at hand.
    Another example is the opening of the door to Klaatu’s space ship, the low frequency sound emitted is counter intuitive to the sound of a squeaky door opening.

    The sound coordinator uses these offsets of equilibration to resonate a scare amongst the audience.

  2. Similar to what has been previously stated about the “common, out of context sound”. The Theremin excels as an excellent tool for projecting an atmosphere of alienation, unfamiliarity, and apprehension. The type of unique and unearthly tone that the Theremin creates, greatly underlined the underlying tone of fear and anxiety that the 1950s cold war era became so synonymous with.

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