1st Edition

Art of Sound Creativity in Film Sound and Electroacoustic Music

By Andrew Knight-Hill, Emma Margetson Copyright 2024
    250 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    250 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Focal Press

    Bringing together a diverse group of world leading professionals across Post-Production Film Sound and Electroacoustic Music, Art of Sound explores the creative principles that underpin how sonic practitioners act to compose, tell stories, make us feel, and communicate via sound. Revealing new understandings through analysis of interdisciplinary exchanges and interviews, this book investigates questions of aesthetics, perception, and interpretation, unveiling opportunities for a greater appreciation of the artistry in sound practice which underpins both experimental electronic music and the world’s leading film and television productions.

    It argues that we can better understand and appreciate the creative act if we regard it as a constantly unfolding process of inspiration, material action, and reflection. In contrast to traditional notions, which imagine outputs as developed to reflect a preconceived creative vision, our approach recognises that the output is always emerging as the practitioner flows with their materials in search of their solution, constantly negotiating the rich networks of potential. This enables us to better celebrate the reality of the creative process, de-centring technologies and universal rules, and potentially opening up the ways in which we think about sonic practices to embrace more diverse ideas and approaches.

    Art of Sound provides insight into the latest developments and approaches to sound and image practice for composers, filmmakers, directors, scholars, producers, sound designers, sound editors, sound mixers, and students who are interested in understanding the creative potential of sound.

    1. What, Why and Who: Introduction and Context
    2. Making Sense of Making: Our Approach
    3. Mapping Stories of Creative Sonic Practice
    4. Interviews
    5. Dialogues
    6. Celebrating the Art of Sound



    Andrew Knight-Hill is a composer and researcher creating works that explore the interface between music and sound practice. His works have been heard internationally in film festivals and contemporary music concerts. He recently composed music and sound design for the immersive theatrical event "Over Lunan", which was nominated for Outstanding Cultural Event as part of the 2022 Thistle Awards for Scottish Tourism.

    He is Associate Professor in Sound Design and Music Technology at the University of Greenwich; leader of the SOUND/IMAGE Research Centre; co-director of the Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series; and convenor of the annual SOUND/IMAGE conference.


    Emma Margetson is an acousmatic composer and sound artist. Her research interests include sound diffusion and spatialisation practices; site-specific works, sound walks and installations; audience development and engagement; and community music practice. She has received a variety of awards and special mentions for her work, including first prize in the prestigious L’Espace du Son International Spatialisation Competition by INFLUX (Musiques & Recherches), klingt gut! Young Artist Award in 2018 and Ars Electronica Forum Wallis 2019.

    She is Senior Lecturer in Music and Sound at the University of Greenwich, a Research Fellow for the AHRC project "Audiovisual Space: Recontextualising Sound-Image Media" and co-director of the Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series.