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Losing sight of atmospheric sounds in televised nature documentary

Abstract
The production of soundtracks for televised nature documentaries involves complexities in balancing the audience's sonic perceptions and emotions with audio content and scientific rigour. In addition, soundtracks need to be congruent with audience expectations and commercial imperatives. Popular televised nature documentaries often appear to be narrative melodramas with environmental soundscapes submerged by narration and music. This paper examines the correlations between perceptual agency, educational practices and production constraints with regards to sound production in nature documentaries. The purpose is a clarification surrounding the causative factors and results of the curious neglect for the sound of our natural world within an industry dedicated to the sensory portrayal of nature.
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Journal Article
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Delmotte, I. A. (2017). Losing sight of atmospheric sounds in televised nature documentary. The New Soundtrack, 7(1), 67–82. https://doi.org/10.3366/sound.2017.0097
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2017
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Edinburgh University Press
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© 2017 Edinburgh University Press and Isabelle Delmotte This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Edinburgh University Press in The New Soundtrack. The Version of Record is available online at: http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/sound.2017.0097