Studying Sound

Studying Sound

A Theory and Practice of Sound Design

Karen Collins


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An introduction to the concepts and principles of sound design practice, with more than 175 exercises that teach readers to put theory into practice.

This book offers an introduction to the principles and concepts of sound design practice, from technical aspects of sound effects to the creative use of sound in storytelling. Most books on sound design focus on sound for the moving image. Studying Sound is unique in its exploration of sound on its own as a medium and rhetorical device. It includes more than 175 exercises that enable readers to put theory into practice as they progress through the chapters.


Karen Collins:
Karen Collins is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the Unviersity of Waterloo. Her work focuses primarily on sound and music in interactive media, and explores how technologies impact our sonic experience. She has interest in areas of generative media, machine learning, artificial intelligence, games and film. She was recently named one of the "Top 50 Inspiring Women in Technology in Canada" by InspiringFifty, and she is a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars.