publication . Article . 2012

Beneath sci-fi sound: primer, science fiction sound design, and American independent cinema

Johnston, Nessa;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012
  • Publisher: Film Studies, University College Cork
  • Country: Ireland
Primer is a very low budget science-fiction film that deals with the subject of time travel; however, it looks and sounds quite distinctively different from other films associated with the genre. While Hollywood blockbuster sci-fi relies on “sound spectacle” as a key attraction, in contrast Primer sounds “lo-fi” and screen-centred, mixed to two channel stereo rather than the now industry-standard 5.1 surround sound. Although this is partly a consequence of the economics of its production, the aesthetic approach to the soundtrack is what makes Primer formally distinctive. Including a brief exploration of the role of sound design in science-fiction cinema more bro...
free text keywords: Science-fiction, Sound effects, Low budget film use of sound over music
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