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Music in film and animation: experimental semiotics applied to visual, sound and musical structures
Author(s): Roger A. Kendall

Paper Abstract

The relationship of music to film has only recently received the attention of experimental psychologists and quantificational musicologists. This paper outlines theory, semiotical analysis, and experimental results using relations among variables of temporally organized visuals and music. 1. A comparison and contrast is developed among the ideas in semiotics and experimental research, including historical and recent developments. 2. Musicological Exploration: The resulting multidimensional structures of associative meanings, iconic meanings, and embodied meanings are applied to the analysis and interpretation of a range of film with music. 3. Experimental Verification: A series of experiments testing the perceptual fit of musical and visual patterns layered together in animations determined goodness of fit between all pattern combinations, results of which confirmed aspects of the theory. However, exceptions were found when the complexity of the stratified stimuli resulted in cognitive overload.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7527, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV, 752703 (22 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849097
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Roger A. Kendall, Univ. of California, Los Angeles (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7527:
Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XV
Bernice E. Rogowitz; Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Editor(s)

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