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The Soundtrack as Appropriate Incongruity

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1. Title Title of document The Soundtrack as Appropriate Incongruity - Sounding Funny
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Marshall Heiser; Griffith University, Brisbane ;
3. Subject Discipline(s) popular music; film music
4. Subject Keyword(s) appropriate incongruity; sight and sound synchronisation
5. Subject Subject classification Films, cinema (APF); Film: styles & genres (APFN)
6. Description Abstract The idea that instances of humour depend upon the perception of an incongruity is by no means a new idea (Morreall, 1989). Incongruity theories form a major strand of humour studies and have in common a (primarily) cognitive approach to the phenomenon. Oring’s appropriate incongruity theory states that humour depends on relationships that are paradoxically right and yet not-right (2003). This collision of seemingly ‘incompatible matrices’ (Koestler, 1964) need not be limited to one sensory mode however. As an audio-visual medium, cinema has the potential to articulate humour by playfully synchronising sight and sound in an appropriately incongruous fashion. In these cases, the humour may arise as an emergent property of the synthesis, rather than belonging to either of the texts independently. Case studies from comedy cinema of the post-War period are examined to demonstrate a variety of ways this humorous synthesis can occur.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Jan-2016
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.24487
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Sounding Funny
16. Language English=en en
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