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Instructions to the In girum Sound Engineer

 

Throughout the film you should equalize the loudness of the spoken commentary, not only between different sentences, but even within each sentence. I am not striving for any oratorical effect by stressing any particular words. Try to produce a tone that is cold, monotonous, and slightly distant (though obviously not so distant that it becomes inaudible).

The few phrases that are spoken over a blank screen (excerpts from Howls for Sade) should be distinctly less loud than the spoken commentary, as if coming from farther away.

As for the dialogues in the sequences from other films, respect their internal variations of volume, but tone them down slightly so that they donít contrast too much with the commentary.

The music should be normal, relatively loud. Bring it to an abrupt halt at the end of each passage.

GUY DEBORD
1977

 


From In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni: dition critique (Gallimard, 1999). This translation is from Debordís Complete Cinematic Works (AK Press, 2003, translated and edited by Ken Knabb), which includes the scripts of all six of Debordís films along with illustrations, documents and extensive annotations. For further information, see Guy Debord’s Films.

 

  


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