The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna Journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanched). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity. (amid, 2011) Definition of ‘Timbre’ Timbre is such the term that is so broad to define or to be interpreted.
Mainly, the term is explained in two slightly different ways in the dictionary – Acoustics/phonetics amp; Music – however, we will consider ‘music’ as a part of phonetic source, while I personally agree that music is actually a phonetic, since music is what we “hear” through our ears. So, timbre’ is the characteristic quality of sound you hear or feel. It depends on the relative strengths (volume/velocity) of components of variety of frequencies (pitch/voice), which are determined by resonance. ;Ref. 2; (dictionary. Com 2012).
What is so interesting about timbre’ is that it is relevantly relied on our past experiences, and it can be extremely personal and individual when determining the imbrue for any particular sound. Also timbre can be differed depending on different spatial placement of the components. For example, your voice will be heard in different timbre at the times you shout in your room and in the toilet. Objective We propose to approach the distinctiveness of the timbre of speech, sound and * To comprehend our perception of each when it is played within the visual music. Resource together. To explore the similarity and dismiss AR TTY between our expectation and the actual. * To analyze the directors’ (in each area) conception of the timbre usages. Analysis of Timbre in the Movie – Speech, Sound and Music Timbre itself is related to auditory cognition for individuals to interpret. As you listen to certain sound, you genuinely and psychologically draw and figure visual aspects of individual’s expectation, according to the sound you are listening to. Consequently, you would have some expected sound in your mind as you see a visual resource where sound is on mute.
Whilst, it is so interesting in analyzing this movie because it totally breaks the audience’s stereotypical imagination of synchronized sound to visual or visual to sound. This distinctively includes all of three contents – Speech, sound and music – throughout. 1 . Speech My first approach to the timbre of speech of the characters was the emotional and conditional voice expression of each voice. As it was given, the genre of this movie is a thriller/action in which the two main characters – Hanna and Marimbas Wiggler continuously attempt to assassinate each other throughout the story line.
Hence, it is expected for audience to hear some high pitched, thrilling and/or fearful human voice within the phrases since that is how ordinary people think of in such frame, which again relates back to our past experience. [first lines; after shooting an arrow at a deer] Hanna: I Just missed your heart. [she points a gun at the deer and shoot it dead] [last lines; Hanna gets hold of Marimba’s gun after she’s fallen to the ground] Hanna: I just missed your heart. [she shoot Marimbas] ;ref. 3; (Environmentalism. Mom 2012) What kind of vocal expression will the audience expect or predict to be heard from the quote and lines? It was very interesting that the timbre of the voice was heard to be extremely calmed and heartless. The phrase is repeated once more in the end of he film as the last quote when Hanna finally kills Marimbas Wiggler. In addition, such timbre approached to audience much stronger because Hanna has got an ordinary teenage girl’s voice as in the tone color of her voice, however, lack of intonation and interval in between each word, reinforces her heartless emotion and her characteristic of being an assassin. Let;ref. 5> (Idiomatic, 2011) <ref. 4> (Classmates, 2011) Furthermore, Henna’s breathy voice is a semiotic timbre of speech as well. First of all, breathy voice is ‘always soft and frequently associated with intimacy. <ref. > (Lenten, 1999, p. 133) There are various different usage of breathings in different contexts. Usually, ‘breathings’ is used to give sensual or even erotic appeal through voice of speech, music and instrumentalists – For example, ‘Stop’ by Sam Brown <ref. 7> (Hydraulics’s. 012) and beginning of ‘Naughty Girl’ by Beyond©. ;ref. (Benevolence Nevertheless, a sense to ‘breathings’ is variable in different situations also, thus it is exemplified in a situation where you have to keep silence or even right after hard exercises, which you may have experienced in everyday life. And such timbre is semiotic for the character, Hanna as mentioned, because her identity of being an assassin requires softness, lightness and silence. In any kind of situation, her voice is extremely soft without a sense of emotional changes. 2.
Sound The dissimilarity in sound is Judged by the timbre of sound though they are in the same pitch or loudness. ;ref. 10; (Gloria. 1965) And various sound within visual resources are definitely relied on what you are seeing on the screen. Foley Art is one of the good examples for the notion. Though the Foley artists attempt to use whatever the material is, it can be recreated and heard as a new specific sound for totally different thing to the material when it is played with the video. Thus, sound in visual sources, really depends on what you are seeing. ;ref. 9;(Lattices Trailers. 008) In parallel, sound (or sound effect) leads the audience to evoke their empathy and be part of the scene, whether it is happy, sad, crazy or scary. As mentioned above, one sound can be used in many different situation and extract different emotional status of the characters in the movie and even the audience. The scene, which involves the sound I personally found the most interesting and empathic, was the sound of footsteps of Hanna and Marimbas Wiggler. Foot-step sound is exceedingly genuine sound, which we hear everyday, everywhere in our daily lives, but I have to mention that we do not pay much attention to it.
However, in case we are in a quiet and awkward environment, we become extremely sensitive to every little segment of what you see and what you hear. This is what occurs to Hanna and Marimbas in the film. Their characters and roles are compared through their steps. Their similarity in the ole is their attempts to assassinate each other, however their characters are distinctive and is distinguishable with different surrounded sound of each character. For example, Hanna, who is trained and prepared as an assassin, has light, soft but fast sound of foot steps.
The sound of Henna’s foot step was particularly outstanding in the forest where she was grown up and survived. <ref. 5> In contrast, Marimbas Wiggler, who is in a high social position with high pride but cold-hearted, has focused, resonant but peaked sound. Her shoes reinforce the timbre of her foot step n the building as she chooses to wear high heels whether she is in the situation of planning on killing one human being. In addition, in the scene where Hanna hides below the bed in the Grime’s House, only thing Hanna can see and hear is Marimba’s foot and voice.
Hence, all Hanna can do is Just to rely on what she is hearing then breathe and move along with it. Marimbas: This is Marimbas Wiggler. [Hanna hiding under bed gasps Witt surprise realizing seen had ‘t killed the real Marimbas] Marimbas: Walt, I didn’t recon… [listens to Walt on the phone] Marimbas: Yes. Yes. Yes! We all want, Lewis. [she suddenly looks under the bed Henna’s hiding under but doesn’t see Hanna] Marimbas: He was shooting through the wall, Walt. [listens to Wall’s reply on the phone] Marimbas: No, I’m not standing down. . Music <ref. 3> Music is another flavoring ingredient in the film. Recently, music in the film, perfectly rhythmically or technically synchronize with the scene by emphasizing the situation or environment in the movie. The most used instrument for such sync is exemplified with percussion, which has variety of instruments under its name and he range of pitch/tone color is so broad, in case the music is orchestral. In the movie ‘Hanna’, the soundtracks are very interesting as the tracks are electronic music throughout.
The soundtracks were written by the Chemical Brothers’ and they fantastically succeeded in exploring the movie with their notion of the timbre of electronic music within such genre of the movie. The most innovative soundtrack is within the scene of long speechless frames in which Hanna escapes from the compound. ;ref. 11; (Sorcerer’s, 2011) The music itself is totally opposite to the circumstance Hanna is in. The D & B electronic music is split in two ways to synchronize with the scene – the compound and Hanna herself escaping.
The moment Hanna has to keep silence to safely run away and not to be seen by others, the music represents Henna’s motion and also her emotion and how she takes such situation – No sense of fear, which is represented by Henna’s facial expression. The soundtrack is also absolutely spatial in the perspective of the compound. Some electronic sound effects within the music emphasize the spatial comprehension with electrical squeaky sound, which reflects lashes in the compound and interesting sonic representation of sudden appearing of the soldiers above the stairs.
Conclusion It is absolutely interesting to observe that the sound has unlimited potential and variation to represent one thing. The auditory cognition on each element – speech, sound and music – within the visual resource mutually gains the audience’s empathy to the characters and to the film. These perceptions are definitely Judged by the timbre and dependent variety of it whilst the timbre is not only depended to the sonic reception itself but with where the sound is being produced, and what we are engine.
The movie ‘Hanna’ may be chaos to explore and analyze since there are too much, however the director’s representations were perfectly suitable in both ways – sound to visual and visual to sound.