Sep 26th Monday: Sound Film Research

A sound film, as we know from the name, is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image. The opposite to a sound film is silent film.

The first public exhibition of projected sound film was in 1900, Pairs. Because of the inadequate of recording quality and amplification, the early sound-on-disc systems didn’t have reliable synchronization. Later on, innovations in sound-on-film made led to the first commercial screening of short motion pictures using the technology.

It was in the mid-to late 1920s in the United States, where the first step of commercialization of sound cinema were taken place. At first, sound films were known as “talking pictures”, but they were really short films. The earliest feature-length movies with recorded sound only had music and effect.

People at time had different reaction towards this new sound-on-film systems. Although it was quiet popular in America, cause it helped secure Hollywood’s position as one the world’s most powerful cultural and commercial system, while in Europe, film makers and critics they worried the new development in sound would subvert the aesthetic virtues of silent movie. And in other Asian countries, for instance Japan and India, sound in films developed inevitable.

How was the Early Days for sound-on-film

In the early days, because of the inadequate of technology, sound were captured on cylinder, disc, or film, but none of these technology was adequate to big-league commercial purposes. The result of this was that for many major Hollywood film studios there was little benefit for them in producing sound motion pictures.

(to be continued )


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