Editorial: Sound – Screen – Research

  • Kym Campbell Nanyang Technological University
  • Ross Adrian Williams Nanyang Technological University


The dynamic dance of sound and image in the cinematic landscape continually prompts thoughtful analysis and reflection. Michel Chion’s 2019 insight, “You do not see the same thing when you hear, and you do not hear the same thing when you see,” captures a nuanced truth. For those steeped in the world of sound studies, this observation seems almost self-evident, underscoring the balanced role each sense plays in our cinematic experiences. Yet, it’s worth noting that only some people share this perspective. Sound has a subtle way of entering our awareness, often operating in the shadows of our consciousness. Its influence, though sometimes unnoticed, is deeply powerful—acting as the invisible puppeteer of our emotional responses and steering our interpretation of stories.