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Listen to Nice

Cox, Geoffrey (2013) Listen to Nice. The New Soundtrack, 3 (2). pp. 89-105. ISSN 2042-8855

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In describing Humphrey Jennings’ wartime documentary propaganda film, 'Listen to Britain' (1942), a film with an overtly poetic sensibility and dominantly musical soundtrack, John Corner asserts that ‘through listening to
Britain, we are enabled to properly look at it'. This idea of sound leading our attention to the images has underpinned much of the collaborative
work between composer and sound designer, Geoffrey Cox, and documentary filmmaker, Keith Marley. It is in this context that the article will analyse an extract of A Film About Nice (Marley and Cox 2010), a contemporary
re-imagining of Jean Vigo’s silent documentary, 'A propos de Nice' (1930). Reference will be made throughout to the historical context, and the filmic and theoretical influences that have informed the way music and creative sound design have been used to place emphasis on hearing a place, as much as seeing it.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Geoffrey Cox
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 13:07
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 19:50


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