1st Edition

Sound and Image Aesthetics and Practices

Edited By Andrew Knight-Hill Copyright 2020
    414 Pages
    by Focal Press

    414 Pages
    by Focal Press

    Sound and Image: Aesthetics and Practices brings together international artist scholars to explore diverse sound and image practices, applying critical perspectives to interrogate and evaluate both the aesthetics and practices that underpin the audiovisual.

    Contributions draw upon established discourses in electroacoustic music, media art history, film studies, critical theory and dance; framing and critiquing these arguments within the context of diverse audiovisual practices. The volume’s interdisciplinary perspective contributes to the rich and evolving dialogue surrounding the audiovisual, demonstrating the value and significance of practice-informed theory, and theory derived from practice. The ideas and approaches explored within this book will find application in a wide range of contexts across the whole scope of audiovisuality, from visual music and experimental film, to narrative film and documentary, to live performance, sound design and into sonic art and electroacoustic music.

    This book is ideal for artists, composers and researchers investigating theoretical positions and compositional practices which bring together sound and image.

    1. Connected Media, Connected Idioms: The Relationship Between Video and Electroacoustic Music From A Composer's Perspective

    Diego Garro

    2. Sound/Image Relations in Videomusic: A Typological Proposition

    Myriam Boucher & Jean Piché

    3. The Question of Form in Visual Music

    Maura McDonnell

    4. Audiovisual Spaces: Spatiality, Experience and Potentiality in Audiovisual Composition

    Andrew Knight-Hill

    5. Rhythm as The Intermediary of Audiovisual Fusions

    Daniel Von Rüdiger

    6. The Curious Case of The Plastic Hair-Comb: A Rhythm-Based Approach to A Parallel (Sound-Image-Touch) Theory of Aesthetic Practices

    Matthew Galea

    7. The Spaces Between Gesture, Sound and Image

    Mark Pedersen, Brigid Burke Roger Alsop

    8. The Gift of Sound and Vision: Visual Music as A Form of Glossolalic Speech

    Philip Sanderson

    9. Visual Music and Embodied Visceral Affect

    Julie Watkins

    10. The Function of Mickey-Mousing: A Re-Assessment

    Emilio Audissino

    11. Performing the Real: Audiovisual Documentary Performances and The Senses
    Cornelia Lund

    12. Blending Image and Music in Jim Jarmusch’s Cinema

    Celine Murillo

    13. The New Analogue: Media Archaeology as Creative Practice in 21st-Century Audiovisual Art

    Joseph Hyde

    14. Screen Grammar for Mobile Frame Media: The Audiovisual Language of Cinematic Virtual Reality, Case Studies and Analysis

    Sam Gillies

    15. Nature Morte: Examining the Sonic and Visual Potential of a 16mm film

    Jim Hobbs

    16. Capturing Movement: A Videomusical Approach Sourced in The Natural Environment

    Myriam Boucher

    17. Constructing Visual Music Images with Electroacoustic Music Concepts

    Maura McDonnell

    18. Technique and Audiovisual Counterpoint in The Estuaries Series

    Bret Battey

    19. Exploring Expanded Audiovisual Formats (EAFs) - A Practitioner’s Perspective

    Louise Harris

    20. Making A Motion Score: A Graphical and Genealogical Inquiry into A Multi-Screen Cinegraphy


    21. The Human Body as an Audiovisual Instrument

    Claudia Robles-Angel

    22. Sound – [Object] – Dance: A Holistic Approach to Interdisciplinary Composition

    Jung In Jung

    23. Son e(s)t Lumière: Expanding Notions of Composition, Transcription and Tangibility Through Creative Sonification Of Digital Images

    Simon Cummings

    24. Audiovisual Heterophony: A Musical Reading of Walter Ruttmann's Film Lichtspiel Opus 3 (1924)

    Tom Reid


    Andrew Knight-Hill is a composer specialising in studio composed works, both sound-based electroacoustic and audiovisual. He is Senior Lecturer in Sound Design and Music Technology at the University of Greenwich, programme leader of Sound Design BA, director of the Loudspeaker Orchestra Concert Series and convenor of the annual SOUND/IMAGE conference.