This book explores what speech, music and other sounds have in common. It gives a detailed description of the way perspective, rhythm, textual quality and other aspects of sound are used to communicate emotion and meaning. It draws on a wealth of examples from radio (disk jockey and newsreading speech, radio plays, advertising jingles, news signature tunes), film soundtracks (The Piano, The X-files, Disney animation films), music ranging from medieval plain chant to drum 'n' bass and everyday soundscapes.
'This book is clearly laid out, the writing is fluid and the flow through the subject matter is well constructed. The topic area is clearly presented and new ideas are presented in a logical manner. Each chapter includes a workload example of a sound situation which is analysed in relation to the terms presented in that chapter using the author's scheme, outlined in an appendix. In addition, exercises and discussion points are provided in support of each chapter for follow-up activities...essential reading for all wishing to contribute in these areas.' - David M. Howard, Cambridge University Journal