David Lynch on Mulholland
"Sound and picture moving together in time is a magical thing.
And sound does so many things. You can have a scene and introduce the
right sounds and the scene changes before your eyes and ears, a whole
other world opens up, moods sweep in and those sounds can march us through
and indicate so many things as we go. And it's one of the elements that's
the most critical to the whole. And it's a process of action and reaction.
You don't know everything going in but you act and react as you go. It's
always an experiment. Mary will tell you I sit sometimes in the editing
room and she'll turn around and I'm crying. Emotion is the thing that
cinema can do. But it's tricky. It really shows you how this balance point
is critical. A little bit too much and the emotion goes away, a little
bit too little and it doesn't happen."
Neff (MD sound designer) on David Lynch's "sound directing"
David of course is very hands
on in the sound department. He is the sound designer for the movie. He
conceptualizes things and says 'I need it to sound like a 30 ton piece
of metal being scraped across a polished piece of smooth granite'. Well,
you have to imagine in your mind how that's gonna sound, then you have
to go make it out of things that exist in the everyday real world. But he
directs - he's an act and react guy. You come up with something you
think might get you started on that path an then he goes ''ok, no, it's
gotta be lower, it's gotta be slower, it's gotta have this, more reverb'. So he directs the creation of the sound like he directs the
picture. I mean on this picture, David was moving faders. So he's very
active in the mix. He and Alan Splet, who had been his sound mixer for all
of the experimental films through Blue Velvet worked like that. They would
just dig in, and make stuff out of nothing. So a lot of the stuff in the
film doesn't come from, it's not stuff that's in standard libraries,
or stuff you just go out and record. You take some raw material and you
work it to death, and turn it into something that doesn't exist in the
real world, but it's an impressionistic, surrealistic element that
supports the picture, and makes it in his mind, and once it's ok with
Dave, it's part of the picture.
Original Motion Picture
by Angelo Badalamenti, David Lynch, John
Lyrics Of The Movie
I've told every little star, Sixteen Reasons Why I Love You, Llorando, Bring It On Home
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