Topic event " Film Soundtrack Dramaturgies"

Semester Autumn semester / 1st + 3rd semester

27.09.2018 from 10h15 to 13h15

19.10.2018 from 9h30 to 12h30

09.11.2018 from 9h30 to 12h30

18.12.2018 from 13h30 to 16h30

16.01.2019 from 15h00 to 18h00


Location: Hochschule der Künste Bern, MA CAP, Schwabstrasse 10, 2018 Bern Multifunktionsraum 110


Universität / Haute Ecole
Hochschule der K√ľnste Bern
Teacher Fred van der Kooij
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Content description

The digitisation of film opens up previously unheard-of possibilities, not least for the
soundtrack. But what is being made of all these options? It is remarkable how the latest
technical advances have had little effect on actual work processes – even though digitisation
makes it possible for (synchronised) sounds and music to no longer run side by side
but to enter into a real synthesis. This also means, though, that the sound designer and
composer have to be one and the same person or at least work together very closely.
But there is still a division of labour in this area that has meanwhile become counterproductive.
One of the central concerns of the seminar will be to explore all the possibilities
that are being forfeited here. Furthermore, we will analyse based on several film excerpts
how sound and image are normally related in film and – no less important – how they
might be related in new ways. Sound after all creates its own world of experience, which
is not necessarily secondary to visuals or used only to create atmosphere but unfolds
its own perspective – one that is nevertheless linked to the imagery in quite a variety of
We will also work on a project that I call the musicalisation of the sound spaces in film.