Audio Technology in Film

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The Sound of Dr. Mabuse Incorporating sound recording and reproduction through electronic and mechanized technology along with recreation of sound waves by spoken voice or sound effects has transformed media in the twentieth century. In early productions, the option of sound allowed directors to manipulate sound as well as visuals to deliver a message. The addition of mediums to film contributes to a more complex build to create a more powerful overall message. The 1930s German movie, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, is a pioneer of sound film. Sound in the movie is manipulated in order to emphasize certain messages and utilize the new opportunity to use sound by accentuating its existence in the film. The impact of sound technology on the media and everyday life is disclosed in a later film, Blow Out. The role of audio technology in the movies The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and Blow Out is significant in facilitating criminal activity and impeding the policing of crimes throughout the film. Despite the efforts of the policing figures, the criminals are able to manipulate outside attempts to use technology against them and maintain the upper hand through a more efficient use of audio technology. The criminal activity in The Testament of Dr. Mabuse is headed by a silent figure with immense power over other people. The effect that Dr. Mabuse has on people is demonstrated by the use of the telephone as a means of communication about his business. The main use of this particular media technology is to transfer information, largely related to Dr. Mabuse, through communication. The matter becomes information as it is communicated out loud over the telephone and “tends to express the film’s most sinister systems” (Gunning 141). When uncovering a shocking conspiracy, Hofmeister immediately turns to the telephone to share this information with Lohmann, a former co-worker before
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