sound perspective

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1. In filming, a convention whereby sounds heard by the audience reflect the relative distances of their apparent sources in three-dimensional space. In a long-shot, sounds in the background would be quieter than those in the foreground. However, the sound perspective is often kept constant in a cut sequence even when shot sizes change.

2. In sound recording, the apparent distance from the listener of a sound in a mix, based on aural cues such as volume, frequency, echo, timbre, and reverberation. In stereo recordings depth effects can also be created by panning and phase reversal.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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