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Empathetic Sound and Anempathetic Sound

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    2 novembre 2007, par Pierre Couprie

    Empathetic Sound : Music whose mood or rhythm matches with the mood with the mood or rhythm of the action onscreen.
    Anempathetic Sound : Sound–usually diegetic music–that seems to exhibit conspicuous indifference to what is going on in the film’s plot, creating a strong sense of the tragic. For example, when a radio continues to play a happy tune even as the character who first turned it on has died.
    (Source : Chion, Michel. (1994) Audio-Vision : Sound on Screen. (Trans. (...)