This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to foundational topics in sound design for linear media, such as listening and recording; audio postproduction; key musical concepts and forms such as harmony, conceptual sound design, electronica, soundscape, and electroacoustic composition; the audio commons; and sound’s ontology and phenomenology.

The reader will gain a broad understanding of the key concepts and practices that define sound design for its use with moving images as well as important forms of composed sound. The chapters are written by international authors from diverse backgrounds who provide multidisciplinary perspectives on sound in its linear forms.

The volume is designed as a textbook for students and teachers, as a handbook for researchers in sound, media and experience, and as a survey of key trends and ideas for practitioners interested in exploring the boundaries of their profession.

chapter 1|60 pages

The Nature of Sound and Recording

ByAndrew Knight-Hill

chapter 2|21 pages

Invisible Seams

The Role of Foley and Voice Postproduction Recordings in the Design of Cinematic Performances
BySandra Pauletto

chapter 3|31 pages

Media Management, Sound Editing and Mixing

ByGeorge Kalliris, Charalampos A. Dimoulas, Maria Matsiola

chapter 4|16 pages

Audio Effects in Sound Design

ByBrecht De Man

chapter 5|23 pages

The Mix Stems

Voice, Effects, Music, Buses
ByNeil Hillman

chapter 6|39 pages

Mixing and Mastering

ByPaul Geluso

chapter 7|20 pages

Designing Sound for 3D Films

ByDamian Candusso

chapter 8|16 pages

Compositional Techniques for Sound Design

BySarah Pickett

chapter 9|21 pages

Music Theory for Sound Designers

ByAdam Melvin, Brian Bridges

chapter 10|35 pages

Leveraging Online Audio Commons Content for Media Production

ByAnna Xambó, Frederic Font, György Fazekas, Mathieu Barthet

chapter 11|20 pages

Sound Ontologies

Methods and Approaches for the Description of Sound
ByDavide Andrea Mauro, Andrea Valle

chapter 12|24 pages

Electroacoustic Music

An Art of Sound
ByAndrew Knight-Hill

chapter 13|31 pages

Electronic Dance Music in Narrative Film

ByRoberto Filoseta

chapter 14|22 pages

Soundscape Composition

Listening to Context and Contingency
ByJohn L. Drever

chapter 15|20 pages

From Feeling Vibrations to Building Audiovisual Scenes

The Perceptual Practice of Storytelling With Sound
ByIsabelle Delmotte