Summary of "Womb Tone" by Walter Murch, and other audio productions

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"Womb Tone"

This article states that for four and a half months, half of the time we are in the womb, we are developing our sense of hearing. An unborn infant has the opportunity to experience hearing before the other senses come into play. When a child is born it gets all of the four other senses at once; sight is the most dominant of these senses.

One of the fist things a newborn baby experiences for the first time is silence. The Womb Tone clip, that I played at the beginning of the pod cast, shows us what the baby hears in the womb, and that it is never silent. Some of us like a little silence once in a while, but for an infant silence would be pretty scary.

Another on of the first things an infant notices is the synchronization between the senses. It is quite interesting for them to see something and hear the noise it makes at the same time.

For example: Mom is clapping her hands, so the baby can see and hear her hands clapping together. All of these realisations and discoveries are earth shattering for an infant that only knows the inside of a womb.

Synchronization of sight and sound in a movie can make or break the effect that is trying to be achieved. The editing technologies we have now can mix and match different sounds with images, thus creating descriptive sonic metaphors. This use of sound in media can touch someone on a personal level, and make the viewer think that it applies specifically to their personal experience.

The weakness of today's cinema is that it takes a lot of the imagination on the viewers part out of the presentation. Media such as black and white photography, and paintings leave...