July 25, 2015

Unnerving Ambient Sounds in the Films of David Lynch

David Lynch Eraserhead
David Lynch's films might be filled with all sorts of dreamlike imagery and strange characters, but it's the sound that can really make you feel uncomfortable.

Jacob T. Swinney for Fandor's Keyframe takes a look at the ambient sounds in the films of David Lynch:

What are these sounds?  Where are they coming from?  Are these noises heard by the characters?  Like most Lynch related queries, maybe these are better left unexplained.  Here is a quick showcase of a variety of sounds that create the Lynchian ambience.

Sound can be a truly powerful tool when used correctly, and Lynch's films are littered with odd noises that never quite let us have a moment of silence. It's this technique that keeps us from ever having a satisfying moment, as we're always trying to navigate around strange humming or hissing, even when the images on-screen are rather mundane.       

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"David Lynch's films might be filled with all sorts of dreamlike imagery and strange characters, but it's the sound that can really make you feel uncomfortable." That is a great introductory line!! Interesting video!
I am currently obsessed with David Lynch. Ever since they announced the Twin Peaks reboot I've been thinking about it non-stop. Although my brother would say ever since I watched Twin Peaks I've been thinking and talking about it non-stop. Right now I'm going through all of David Lynch's films by renting them from Netflix, recording them on TV, and then I have some. I'm not going in any order. The one I have at the moment is Dune (1984).

July 29, 2015 at 5:42AM

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Although the scenes were quite short I immediately was caught with suspense in every fragment shown. My background in electronic music made me recognize the origin of these sounds. Without exception all of the sounds are created from heavey e

September 12, 2015 at 5:51PM

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Although the scenes were quite short I immediately was caught with the suspense in every fragment shown. My background in electronic music made me recognize the origin of these sounds. Without exception I identified all of the sounds as being heavy equalized white noise, sometimes with added reverb to make it a wide panoramic soundscape. Very intrusive.

September 12, 2015 at 5:56PM

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