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The Wind Rises – Sound Design Analysis III – challenging and supporting the notions of vococentrism

For the purpose of this review, principles and notions from Chion are going to be referenced and hopefully challenged at times. Chion’s notion of the central role of voice in cinema as a means of the conveyance of psychological and emotional information that is expressed trough its spacial, material and sensory inputs – vococentrism. In his book […]

The Wind Rises sound design analysis II – elements of nature / the earthquake

The earthquake In September 1923, Tokyo became a hell on earth. In less than three days, a magnitude approximate 7.9 earthquake and subsequent conflagrations reduced nearly half of Japan’s capital to a blackened, rubble-filled, corpse-strewn wasteland of desolation. The human tragedy of over 120,000 killed and 2 million left homeless was matched in severity by […]

The Wind Rises – sound design analysis I – the oneiric realm of Jiro (part 2)

Part 1 of this analysis can be read here. 6/ [00:54:54] / A world with pyramids After his stay in Germany, Jiro proceeded west, sent by his company “to see the world”. He is travelling in the train by himself when a man sits next to him. Jiro looks happy and surprised when he understands the […]

The Wind Rises sound design analysis I – the oneiric realm of Jiro (part 1)

The oneiric realm in this analysis concerns the dreams that Jiro experiences when he is sleeping and the visions that predict the outcome of a new aircraft construction or of relevant events in the narrative. These visions (while lacking a better term for the intensive and complex world of Miyazaki) emerge on circumstance, many times illustrating the genius aircraft […]

How I came to record bits of the Atlantic Forest

The Atlantic Forest domain stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. In the northeastern part of Brazil it occupies a thin coastal strip not exceeding 40 miles in width, while in the south it extends from the coast to as far as 200 miles inland. It  harbors around 2,200 species […]