Class Sound Design

  • Presentation


    The UC of Sonoplasty introduces students to the context and the sound aspects in the scope of audiovisual communication aiming at the development of technical and aesthetic competences and, above all, of sound culture.

    This UC intends that the students contact with the sound through a theoretical and practical organization, critical analysis of contents in order to develop their personal static and communication skills and interconnection of phases and elements inherent to the production of audio visual artifacts in the form of short films, installations and small sound applications.

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  • Syllabus


    • Historical evolution of sound design.
    • Sound narrative in the audiovisual context.
    • Sound vs Noise
    • Acoustic / Non-acoustic sounds
    • Sound Composition: realistic vs creative
    • Foley
    • Fundamental elements of the sound studio: signal traffic diagrams, chains,
    • constituent elements and gain structures
    • Microphone characterization according to directionality and technology standards
    • associated: Omnidirectional microphones, cardioids and, figure 8. Microphones
    • dynamic, capacitor, tape, PZM.
    • Pickup techniques: Stereo, punctual, surround
    • Fundamental sound mixing and editing practices
    • Characterization and operationalization of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
    • Destructive editing and non-destructive editing
    • Processing: Equalization: graphic and parametric equalizers, Dynamic:
    • compression; gate and expanders, Effects: delay; reverb; pitch; convolution, modulation
    • OMF as a cross-platform transfer format
    • Fundamental studio operations: recording; mixing and mastering.
  • Objectives


    - Introduce students to the scope of sound repair
    - Provide theoretical and conceptual elements
    - Develop practical projects
    - Highlight the specifics of the imaging sonography
    - Develop the student's auditory and aesthetic sensitivity
    - Know the technical terminology and the specific nomenclature of the area and applying them
    correctly and in context

    At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

    - Solve new proposals based on knowledge already acquired.
    - Be able to integrate specific work in terms of sound in other contexts: cinema; TV; multimedia; etc.

    - Be able to analyze multimedia content in sound terms, identifying techniques, proposing alternative ideas and solutions.

  • References


    Chion, Michel, 1947-. (1994). Audio-vision : sound on screen. New York :Columbia University Press,

    Demonstrations of auditory scene analysis: The perceptual organization of sound. Audio CD with booklet, 4A. S. Bregman e P. A. Ahad, Department of Psychology, McGill University.

    Schafer, R. Murray. The soundscape: our sonic environment and the tuning of the world. Rochester, Vt.: Destiny Books ;, 19931994. Print.

    Introdução à Engenharia de Som, Nuno Fonseca, FCA

    Acústica Musical, Luís Henriques, FCG

    Designing Sound, Andy FarnellStereo Microphone Techniques, Focal Press


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