Cinema has long tapped into the fundamental devices of fear in its employment of sound. Even before the advent of the loudspeaker and synchronized motion picture sound, organs and pianos collided tense sonic energy against images in the physical spaces of film exhibition parlors and nickelodeons.
As humans, the audible sliver of the frequency spectrum provides a unique window into concepts of how energy and vibration physically manifest and affect the matter of our material world. After all, sound is simply vibrational energy we can hear. How we’ve arrived at organizing frequencies into the form of modern music is a mystery itself, dating back 5,000 years and involving ‘sky god visitors’ who bestowed humanity its system of measurement. Understanding our physiological experience of sound and its relation to our universe can illuminate and unlock a deeper understanding of the design of sound and music for the motion picture.
Journeying through concepts of cymatics, standing wave levitation, musical tunings, as well as film examples, demonstrations, and dissections of modern mix sessions, The Frequency of Fear guides its participants through an awakening in understanding the spiritual power of sound both onscreen and beyond.
Dean Hurley’s first installment of the library-style Anthology Resource series showcases his original ambient music contributions featured in Twin Peaks: The Return‘s very distinctive-sounding third season. To listen, click HERE.
Dean Hurley is an American sound designer, re-recording mixer and composer. Hurley exclusively operated director David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studio from 2005 – 2018, where he collaborated extensively on the sound and music for an array of Lynch’s film projects, commercial work and albums. In 2017, Hurley served as supervising sound editor and music supervisor for Lynch’s third season of the ground-breaking television series Twin Peaks (Showtime), contributing original ambient compositions later released under the Anthology Resource series moniker.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC - THE FREQUENCY OF FEAR: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack will take place December 11th, 2018 from 7pm - 9:30pm at Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole, Greenpoint, Brooklyn). Tickets are $12 advance / $15 on the door / $50 Full semester pass and can be purchased HERE.