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The Musivisual Language is that semiotic system that is synchronous union between the language of the music and the language of the image. The term was first coined by the Spanish composer Alejandro Román, and indicates the existence of an own unique language of film music. For over a century, the film and other media (the television, the video or multimedia) have developed a language of communication that has been included alongside the music specifically applied to these means of expression. In all this time audiovisual music has developed a code themselves in relation to the image you give a new product, the brainchild of multidisciplinary interaction.



According to the author:

Musivisual Language is a special language of music placed in film and from film, understood not only from structural point of view, rhythm and sound-material, but also from the relationships and meaning semiotics in relation to the close interaction with the image and plot.
Román, 2008: 84

When audiovisual film music and text contact, the final product acquires new meanings from which the previous elements presented separately. In this communication process, musical codes (melody, rhythm, harmony, sound, texture, form), in synchrony with the film (image, talks, noise...) interact so that the viewer (receiver) decodes the message from this union.

Román raises two levels on the specificity of film music: first appearance semiotic, ie the contribution of meanings of music over the image, and secondly the specific aesthetic of film music, which means it has its own stylistic elements not belonging to other music (concert or independent). These elements are presented of the shape (structure), which is determined by the cinematic form itself (assembly).

See also


  • ARIJON, Daniel, Gramática del Lenguaje Audiovisual, La Primitiva Casa Baroja, San Sebastián, 1976
  • CHION, Michel, La audiovisión. Introducción a un análisis conjunto de la imagen y el sonido, Paidós Comunicación, Barcelona, 1993
  • GÉRTRUDIX BARRIO, Manuel. Música y narración en los medios audiovisuales, Ediciones del Laberinto, S.L., Madrid, 2003
  • OLARTE MARTÍNEZ, Matilde (editora), La música en los Medios Audiovisuales, Plaza Universitaria Ediciones, Salamanca, 2005
  • ROMÁN, Alejandro, El Lenguaje Musivisual, semiótica y estética de la música cinematográfica, Editorial Visión Libros, Madrid, 2008
  • ROMÁN, Alejandro, Estética de la música cinematográfica, aspectos diferenciadores, en Matilde Olarte Martínez (editora), Reflexiones en torno a la música y la imagen desde la musicología española, Plaza Universitaria Ediciones, Salamanca, 2009

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