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Sound And Music In Bogdanovich's Adaptation Of Henry James' "Daisy Miller"

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1. IntroductionThis paper deals with the sound and music in Bogdaovich's adaptation of Henry James' Daisy Miller.I chose this topic because I always had a deep interest in the sound of a movie. The term itself includes the words that the actors speak as well as each single noise that can be heard in the film. Sounds represent the actions of people and there are many ways in which sound and noise are added to a film.Moreover, I am a big fan of film scores and soundtracks. I am very interested in the various ways music can function as a medium of interpretation. It can give deeper meaning to a simple scene. One could say that music adds another dimension to the elements that are already in the movie. So, the second major topic of this paper is the music in Daisy Miller.I will start by providing some details about sound in general, the voice, audio effects and recording effects. After this, I will talk about the dialogue and the different languages and styles used by the characters in Daisy Miller.I will then go on by giving some information about film score (film music), why there is music in films, the effect of silence, composing a film score, listening and soundtracks. The last part of my paper contains analyses of the different pieces of music that can be heard in Daisy Miller.2. Sound2.1 Sounds represent actionsSound can be used to represent our environment and to represent the actions and interactions of people. Whether we use sound to present (to act or interact) or to represent, sound is always dynamic. Sounds are not things, nor can they represent things. Sounds are actions and can only represent actions of people, places and things: the shouting of street sellers, not the sellers themselves or the rustling of leaves of the trees, not the trees themselves. One can say that sound messages only have verbs. The nouns are inferred, not stated. (cf. Van Leeuwen 1999: 93)2.2 Voice2.2.1 Pitch levelSpeakers rarely use the whole pitch span their voices are capable of. They usually take up different base pitch levels for different sound acts. Pitch level is related to vocal effort: The higher the pitch level, the greater the effort needed. The lower the voice, the more relaxed it will sound. The speaker adjusts his/her pitch level for particular sound acts, for example for the expression of joy or excitement. But speaking at a particular pitch level can also be a matter of general speech style, like status for instance. There is a German saying 'Wer hoch ist, spricht hoch' ('High people speak high'). Mostly, a high-pitched voice also tends to be loud and authoritative, if one thinks of a male singer, for example. High-pitched male voices are favoured in music because their voice stands out more. So the highest voice 'leads' by carrying the melody. (cf. Van Leeuwen 1999: 107, 108)But when high-pitched voices are softer and more intimate, another factor must be taken into account. Our experience tells us that high-pitched sounds tend to be produced by...

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