Sound and the city

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"I imagine the drivers in this bewildering noise, melted together, inside their creeping cars: noise that hasn’t the courage to explode, but hovers in the air, in the spring-like, clear, clean winter air."

If you're going to catch any of the Antonioni films showing at the Gene Siskel Film Center this month, you might be interested in this essay by the great director, in which he describes the sounds of New York City as heard from his bed in a way that reminds me of one of my favorite books, Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities. The introduction is by Walter Murch, possibly the greatest sound designer in the history of film (Apocalypse Now).

(h/t Coudal

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