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date: 17 August 2019

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This article appears in the Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson. This essay argues that sound processes, design practices, and technology have shaped the history and trajectory of digital media in significant and all-to-often unacknowledged ways. Specifically, sound design strategies have helped define the “hyperrealistic” approach that has come to define the style of digital media, establishing unprecedented image and sound unity. Sound has also taken the lead in establishing new forms of “spectacle” and “immersion” through the use of multichannel technologies, which have fostered new cinematic reading codes and considerations in regard to subjectivity. Within the digital “revolution,” the soundtrack offers a quiet revolution of its own, if we just listen.

Keywords: sound design, sound effects, soundtrack, audio, sound studies

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