Analysis from musical and audiovisual perspective

Assessment : Deadline June 22th

Write a short paper (1000 - 2000 words)

Choose a scene (of around 4 - 15 minutes) from a film and discuss the soundtrack, specifically paying attention to the 6 functions (time, space, character, audience, story, syntax)


■ Give short synopsis of the film and where the fragment is situated in the story

■ Make a breakdown of the audiovisual elements (in a table or any preferred structure)

■ Give equal attention to both sound and music

Session #6 : The open mode 

April 8th, 2020

Watch or read the transcript of John Cleese's 1991 lecture (30 min.) on creativity.

Recap of the things we've seen so far, some discussion about the creator's perspective, analysis of short scene from Monos (2019) and a better definition of the assessment for this course that's due June 22th.

Session #5 : Narrativity

March 27th, 2020


Continuing with Decision Pending. And some thought from Vincent Meelberg about narrativity in (atonal) music and Jonathan Kramer about temporalities in contemporary music.

Session #4 : Conveying experiences in film

March 24th, 2020

Analyzing a scene from Apocalypse Now (Coppola) and A Man Escaped (Bresson). Taking a look at the creation process of my film Strangers and Decision Pending

Please read Walter Murch's "Dense Clarity - Clear Density"

Session #3 : Functions of sound, time-thrust

March 20th, 2020


We'll finish with There Will Be Blood, discussing what the first analysis has brought up. 

Some more thoughts about functions of sound, before continuing with ideas from Andrei Tarkovsky.

Session #2 : Listening, relations of sound and image

March 17th, 2020


Ideas from M. Chion's Audio-Vision, analysis of opening sequence There Will Be Blood. The Excel file is what we've found together.

Session #1 : Introduction mise-en-scène, cinematography

March 10th, 2020

Crash course terminology of the shot: a visual approach.

First thoughts on what could be musicality in film.

Staging in Minority Report (2002), Steven Spielberg


The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Wes Anderson

Touch of Evil (1958), Orson Welles


Long take, mobile camera

Playtime (1967), Jacques Tati

Long take, fixed camera