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An uncompromised vision (FW34)

Opening the sonic envelope

David Chapman

Opening the sonic envelope
The dominance of the eye and the visual in western culture has centuries of embedded power. This dominance is inscribed in the ‘technologies of seeing’ which form the basis for film and video practice. The addition of the auditory to these technologies, if heralded as an enhancement, has historically been considered as secondary and subservient to the visual. The sound element of film and video, when discussed at all, it is usually restricted to discussion of linguistic content or the composition of the ’soundtrack’