Soundtrack Aesthetics

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311SAE credit 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 29 to 39 hours of self-study English summer

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Lecture on Soundtrack Aesthetics is designed as introductory lecture on both theoretical and practical topics related to use of sound and music in film. First semester (winter) will cover mostly theoretical problems and questions of soundtrack. Second semester will be oriented toward practice and will provide insights by experienced practitioners of sound department.

  1. Introduction. Basic terminology of soundtrack aesthetics.
  2. René Clair. Nostalgia in diegesis.
  3. Soviet school of montage. Conceptual approach to sound.
  4. Fritz Lang, acousmatic use of sound. Exploration of diegetic space.
  5. Classical Hollywood. The way mainstream is build.
  6. Evolution after WWII. Decline of paradigm. Italian cinema.
  7. Cinema of sixties. Time of revolutions.
  8. New Hollywood and cinema of early seventies.
  9. Restoration of classical paradigm. Hollywood in late seventies.
  10. Action contemporary cinema.
  11. Postmodern cinema.
  12. Study of digressions. Alternate approaches, falsification of previously stated.

Learning outcomes

To be able to more clearly 'read' the soundtrack of a film.

To use some of the same techniques within your own projects.

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List of recommended movies (sorted by order of lectures):

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  2. René Clair: Le million , Sous les toits de Paris and A nous la liberté
  3. Vsevolod Pudovkin: Deserter
  4. Fritz Lang: M and Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  5. Schoesdack & Cooper: King Kong, Michael Curtiz: Casablanca, Fritz Lang: Scarlet Street, Billy Wilder: Ace in the Hole, Victor Fleming: Gone by Wind
  6. Roberto Rossellini: Paisa, Federico Fellini: La Strada and Notti di Cabiria, Fred Sears: Rock around the Clock
  7. Jean Luc Godard: Pierrot le fou, Dennis Hopper: Easy Rider, Mike Nichols: The Graduate
  8. George Lucas: American Graffiti and THX 1138, Francis F. Coppola: The Conversation and Godafather (part 1), Steven Spielberg: Duel
  9. Steven Spielberg: The Jaws, Goerge Lucas: Star Wars (any part from seventies), Harry Potter (part 1)
  10. Wachowski: The Matrix (1999), asd: Invincible armor
  11. Woody Allen: Hollywood Ending, Quentin Tarantino: Pulp Fiction, Brian Cook: Color me Kubrick
  12. Lars von Trier: Idiots and Dogville, Stanley Kubrick: Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket, David Lynch: Twin Peaks – Fire Walk with Me and Mulholland Drive

Evaluation methods and criteria

Watch recommended movies.

Attend to classes.



Schedule for winter semester 2023/2024:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2023/2024:

room 241
Room No. 3

(Lažanský palác)
(lecture parallel1)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Thu 16:30–18:05 Jakub KUDLÁČ Room No. 3
Lažanský palác
lecture parallel1

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