Opinion

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Measuring Sound - PBS Video

The high levels of noise pollution in New York City instigated the formation of a noise abatement commission. Steven explains how innovator Harvey Fletcher became part of this movement and created a roving 'noise laboratory' that measured the amount of sound on the streets of the city.

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Terrence Malick: The Art of Voiceover

Noel Murray’s Keynote essay on Days Of Heaven addresses at length the difficulties Terrence Malick had in figuring out how (and whether) to use voiceover narration, before finally arriving at Linda Manz’s extemporized ... More

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The Distortion of Sound - Short Documentary

The Distortion of Sound is a documentary about the decline of sound quality and how technology has changed the way we listen to music. It will open your ears and inspire you to reach for richer, more soul-stirring ... More

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Martin Scorsese: The Art of Silence

Even though Martin Scorsese is famous for his use of music, one of his best traits is his deliberate and powerful use of silence. Take a glimpse at fifty years of this simple technique from one of cinema's ... More

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5 Reasons To Own A Turntable

Despite the naysayers, sales of turntables are rising right along side of the vinyl record boom. Where 5 years ago you had to really search to find one to buy (especially if you were on a budget), today you can find one even in ... More

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Goodbye 3.5mm Jack

Don't you just hate those 3.5mm mini-phone jacks and plugs? The jacks are really fragile, and now that most headphones come that way, you always have to have a 1/4" adapter handy when connecting to professional gear. I'm happy to report ... More

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What Exactly Does an Experienced Editor Do?

We live in an age where a 6-year-old with a laptop and a copy of iMovie can edit some footage together. Editing software is abundant and as easy to use as it has ever been, and the masses are using these tools to ... More

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Johnny Cash on gospel music

"I just hope and pray I can die with my boots on." The Man In Black talks about gospel music in this PBS Blank On Blank animation of a 1996 interview by Barney Hoskyns from Rock's Backpages. I just hope and pray I can ... More