The Bottom End of Cinema: Low Frequency Effects in soundtrack composition

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Faculty of Education and Arts


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




Hope, C. (2009). The bottom end of cinema: Low frequency effects in soundtrack composition.


Much of the power of the cinema experience lies with the sound track, and the way it interacts with what happens on the screen. Soundtrack composition has become a complex art, where musical ideas are enhanced by sound reproduction technologies and complicated by sound effects demanded by the action. The effects of certain ranges of low frequency sound which are featured in the creation and presentation of both film music composition and cinematic sound effects can add an unique dimension to the experience of the soundtrack, and indeed the total cinematic experience. This paper discusses very low frequency sound features in certain examples of Western film music and s0und effects, as well as the success of the results achieved

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