Touch the Sound

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
311TTS Z 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study English winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

By the end of the course students will:

-broaden their skills - both analytical and practical - in the scope of sound in storytelling

-get practical experience of the power and possibilities based on deep insight into the theoretical background of the sound design

Mode of study

lectures with theoretical and practical part

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course contents

In the practical part students will be offered with short silent movies (practical exercise of the Camera department - Anticorro ) and asked to creatively design sound track for them, using sound to enhance, or change story using sound as a creative tool of storytelling. The purpose of these short exercises is not to achieve some excellence in sound engineering, but literally touch the expressive possibilities of sound in cinema. The class will be organized in 4 hours blocks in 7 lectures, dedicated to both - theoretical and practical part.

First lecture - Practical part: The Night; Theoretical part: How to narrate through sound?

Second lecture - Practical part: Review of student’ s work in progress; Theoretical part: Asynchronism as a creative device in using sound.

Third lecture - Practical part: Presentation, commentary and evaluation of practical exercise The Night; Theoretical part: Introduction into soundscapes, and basic exploration of open possibilities of next practical exercise Our universe.

Fourth lecture - Practical part: Review of student’ s work in progress (exercise Our Universe); Theoretical part: Soundscapes and atmospheres in modern cinema.

Fifth lecture - Practical part: Presentation, commentary and evaluation of practical exercise Our Universe; Theoretical part: Introduction to way we can use music in narration. Presentation of last practical exercise Breathe the Music.

Sixth lecture - Practical part: Review of student’ s work in progress; Theoretical part: Lecture on semantic function of music.

Seventh lecture - Presentation, commentary and evaluation of practical exercise Breathe the Music.

Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading

SONNENSCHEIN, David. Sound design: the expressive power of music, voice, and sound effects in cinema. Studio City: Michael Wiese Production, 2001. 243 s. ISBN 97-8-0941188-26-5.

CHION, Michel. Audio-vision : sound on screen. New York: Columbia University, 1994. 239 s. ISBN 978-0-231-07899-3.

MONACO, James. How to read a film: the art, technology, language, history and theory of film and media. 3. rev. vyd. New York: Oxford University Press, 1981. 532 s.

Lexikon světového filmu. Ed. Töteberg Michael. Praha: Orpheus, 2005. 643 s.: fot. ISBN 80-903310-7-6.

ZENKL, Luděk. ABC hudební nauky. 4. vyd. Praha: Supraphon, 1986. 197 s.

SMETANA, Ctirad a kol. Praktická elektroakustika. 1. vyd. Praha: SNTL, 1981. 692, [1] s.

BLÁHA, Ivo. Zvuková dramaturgie audiovizuálního díla. 2., dopln. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze, 2004. 145 s. ISBN 80-7331-010-4.

Zvukem do hlavy: sondy do současné audiokultury. Praha: NAMU, 2012. 175 s. ISBN 978-80-7331-229-9.

Recommended films:

A Man Escaped (Robert Bresson, 1956)

Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983)

Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)

Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland, 2012)

Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)

Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007)

2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)

Schindler's List, (Steven Spielberg, 1993)

Assessment methods and criteria

Minimum required attendance to the class is + 70%

Pass grade is based on the the active participation in the practical part and guided discussion.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

Attendance of the classes - 20%

Practical exercise The Night - 20%

Practical exercise Our Universe - 20%

Practical exercise Breath the music- 20 %

Active participation in discussion and reflection of the theoretical part of the class - 20%



Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room 233
Room No. 4

(Lažanský palác)
once in 2 weeks
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 17:20–20:35 Jakub KUDLÁČ Room No. 4
Lažanský palác
once in 2 weeks parallel1

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans