Film Language Tag: acousmĂȘtre

(acoustical being) A special kind of character who exists in the diegetic space but is placed consistently offscreen. Being heard but not seen, such a character is defined wholly in terms of diegetic sound. Michel Chion's term. Buhler, James and David Neumeyer. Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History. Oxford UP, 2015.

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