Coming of Sound in Sweden 1928-1932
New & Old Technologies
Stockholm Cinema Studies No. 10

By Christopher Natzen
December 2010
Stockholm University Press
Distributed By Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789186071455
283 pages, Illustrated
$99.50 Paper Original

This dissertation examines the coming of sound film in Sweden during the years 1928-1932, and the reception of mechanically recorded sounds both in the trade press and among audiences. The novelty of sound film opened up for a negotiation of the perception of sound and image, as it made visible the film medium's technological construction, before this visibility was once more absorbed by the cinematic discourse. The conversion to sound film is considered from three perspectives - technology, reception and practice - as well as through the concept of intermediality, focussing how the audio-visual expression changed during this period.

Chapter 1 "Image, Sound, Audience I: 'Constructed' sounds - the visibility of technology", Chapter 2 "Production - The Companies", Chapter 3 "Reception - The Cinemas", Chapter 4 "Practice - The Musicians", Chapter 5 "Image, Sound, Audience II: 'Authentic' sounds - the disappearance of technology".


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