Berenguer, X.: Writing Interactive Programmes.
Interactive multimedia open new possibilities for audio-visual creation.
We present in this article an introduction to the theme which contains
the background, the scope of contents, and several elements on structure
and form. Finally, we contemplate its application to narrative.
Bou, N.: The conversion of a tragedy by Cocteau into a cinema melodrama: a reading of Il Mistero di Oberwald.
The purpose of these pages is to note some reflections on the
intersection of forms proposed by the film Il mistero di Oberwald, centering our interest on the
mechanisms used by Antonioni in the handling of a work which in its theatre
origins seesaws between tragedy and melodrama (as these are understood
in the theatre world), and which in the Italian director's hands is configured
as a cinema melodrama, a genre quite far -a priori- from Antonioni's own
Gifreu, J. i Saperas, E.: Television and the building of national spheres in Europe.
The articulation of Europe presupposes the negotiation and
configuration both of a political model for union and of a model
for preserving cultural identities. Television and the audio-visual
industries could be a powerful agent for this road, but at the
same time a difficult obstacle to overcome. The study of European
television news bulletins allows us to examine the many complex
relationships established in present-day Europe between basic
ambits of reference and forms of identity. The research results
show that the broadcast area is established in an area of intention which acts as a matrix of perception and of recognition of a particular
Font, D.: Education in the film corpus.
The entrance of cinema into the university is a relatively recent fact. It is related, on the one hand, to the boom of a multidisciplinary theory model which affected all fields of knowledge at the beginning of the 70's. And it also coincides with a social and symbolic devaluation of cinema itself, between the convulsive boom of European modernity and the increasingly pregnant audio-visual dogma. The pedagogy of the film corpus is based on these contradictory variables. A confluence between theory and history, both to be understood as social knowledge, which help to think cinema before its progressive break-up in human imagination.
Pericot, J.: Initial guides and thresholds of the visual game.
This text analyses the meaning of visual enunciates in regard to the relationship established between them and their users and, consequently, visual proposals are evaluated as acts in a game of language which, besides giving possibilities for consensual understanding of their use, also allows the generation and the comprehension of unpublished facts. In this sense, the study of conceptual relationships between the two planes of the visual enunciate, the plane of observance, referred because of its iconicity to the structures of the real world, and the plane of comprehension, referred to the symbolic object and with a communication access mediatised by the understanding of the visual manifestation on reality, allow us to define initial guides of acceptability in the use of visual language.
Ruiz Collantes, X.: Modulated semantic pregnance and image reading. How readers determine information transmitted by an image.
Modulated semantic pregnance lays the base for an explanatory model
of the processes of image reading and thus of any kind of text. This model defines the result of the process of reading an image as
a semantic macro-structure. The construction of this macro-structure is
ruled by the principle of the search for a propositional gestalt which
for the reader supposes the minimum quantity of information which the given
conditions allow. Thus, in the process of reading, the calculation of the
quantity of information determines the sense of said information. This
general principle is modulated, in each specific reading process, by diverse
kinds of clauses and exceptions which are signalled to the reader by different
kinds of marks allotted/inscribed in the image/text.
Serra, X.: Current perspectives in the digital synthesis of musical sounds.
When a musical sound is generated electronically, it is important
to have a good model with parameters allowing an intuitive manipulation
of the sound. The musician-user must be able to develop a musical
intuition which will allow experimenting with the synthesis technique
used. In this article we present a general view of digital synthesis,
concentrating on two lines of research which will surely allow
us to shatter the limitations which exist in methods used till
now and finally manage an answer to the promises which computer
music made in the 60's.
Terribas, M.: Television, National Identity, and the public sphere, an ethnographic
study applied to the investigation of two television debate programmes in Scotland and Catalonia.
This article sets forth some considerations on issues of national identity
and the public sphere in two stateless nations, Scotland and Catalonia,
based on the study of the television production processes of two debate
programmes: "La Vida en un Xip" (TV3, 1989-92), and "Scottish
Women" (STV Scottish Television 1987-92). The aim of this paper
is to emphasise the support that this study gives to the ethnographic focus,
less developed till now in the field of investigation of the products of
mass communication media if we compare with other techniques such as reception
analysis and text analysis. The support of ethnography in communication
investigation seems essential to enrich research with data, information,
and reflections which only the study of the means of the media themselves
can provide, drawing the theme of the study closer to investigators and
making them participants somehow in the communication process.