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Old January 3rd, 2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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Book Review: Sound for Film and Television


I've just finished a book on sound - Sound for Film and Television, 2nd Edition [Book and Audio CD] by Tomlinson Holman.

For someone who knew next to nothing about sound prior to reading the book, I think this is a really good introduction - it's not really long, there are 11 chapters which give concise and detailed information, most of the jargon is explained, there's a glossary. I think it's a great place to start for anyone wanting to get to know sound - read this book first, then get more specialised books to cover areas you want to know more about.

The accompanying CD is pretty good at illustrating basic concepts that he talks about in the book. A thing to note though, is that the book is about 80/90% technical - in other words, it'd not one of those books that talks about 'artistic expression' or anything like that - he presents to you the concepts and techniques plainly and clearly.

It's good because it explains equipment/methods used at different levels of productions - video/film, television/movies, etc. Basically all the digital formats, analog formats, the media, distribution methods, room acoustics, basic mixing concepts, what to watch out for when recording, what to watch out for when editing, etc. is all outlined.

A good first book on all aspects of sound.

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Old June 12th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #2
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Thanks for the review Dennis. I just ordered the book last week from Amazon and it won't arrive until next week since they're out of stock.
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Old June 13th, 2006, 05:20 PM   #3
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Thanks from me too. For other people reading this, I recommend
  • Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound by David Lewis Yewdall
  • Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema by David Sonnenschein
  • Audio Postproduction for Digital Video by Jay Rose
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