Äänen tunto: Elokuvaäänen kokemuksellisuudesta

Translated title of the contribution: Äänen tunto : elokuvaäänen kokemuksellisuudesta

Päivi Takala

Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisMonograph


This artistic study presents a deep approach to film sound. Arguing that traditional descriptions of the role of film sound such as enhancing emotional impact or revealing the unconscious fail to capture fully the heart of meaning-making in the film experience, the study proposes the term felt sense (tuntoisuus in Finnish) to describe a specific form of non-verbal understanding of the world. The role of sound in meaning-making has long challenged filmmakers. The study considers how sound has been dealt with in practice by filmmakers and review topical writings of select filmmakers and sound designers. The developed insights are then discussed in the context of three works: Coincidences; (documentary film), Inhale (documentary film), and The Most Beautiful Sound of Helsinki (sound-and-video installation). The theoretical part of the study sets forth the concepts of felt sense, meaning born in experiencing, and co-movement, all of which arise in early development. For example, repetitive movement and sound woven into the fabric of holistic meaning-making are central to the experience of the unborn infant. The practical discussion begins with an overview of writings and interviews of Walter Murch, Michel Chion, the Dardenne brothers and David Lynch about film sound. The concept of felt sense is considered in the production of the three artistic works both in understanding sound and as a basis for establishing working rules in the filmmaking process. The Most Beautiful Sound of Helsinki is examined as an artistic expression of the concept itself. The study concludes that a holistic treatment of sound could be used to broaden current filmmaking teaching that emphasizes verbal narrative structures and film as a visual art.
Translated title of the contributionÄänen tunto : elokuvaäänen kokemuksellisuudesta
Original languageFinnish
QualificationDoctor's degree
Awarding Institution
  • Aalto University
  • Helke, Susanna, Supervising Professor
  • Liimatainen, Juhani, Thesis Advisor, External person
  • Määttänen, Pentti, Thesis Advisor
Print ISBNs978-952-60-5738-5
Electronic ISBNs978-952-60-5739-2
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeG4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)


  • sound experience
  • felt sense
  • film sound
  • meaning-making
  • co-movement
  • artistic research


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