David-Paul Niland


Using Glitch Music as a Sound Design Technique for Science Fiction Cinema


This research hopes to effectively explore the possible usefulness of glitch music, its functions, limitations and its role when used as a method of designing sound for film. Glitch music involves the creating of sounds that relate to the computer itself, it is an ideal tool for the production of the virtual rather than reproduction of the real. In this light, glitch music production techniques can be utilized to create virtual landscapes, imagined creatures, and simulated objects. Insight is also given onĀ  the historical context of sound design and how it has evolved alongside and benefited from science fiction cinema. The results of the research suggest that the two fields can coexist with one another given their parallels in thematic ideologies. The blurring of lines between genres and types of media based on the philosophical content of the work mean that both art and commercial industry alike could benefit through this progression.

David-Paul Niland