Timbre

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Topics: Music, Sound
Assessment 1: Written Report

Timbre in the movie ‘Hanna’ (2011)

Audio Visual Resource used: ‘Hanna’ (film), directed by Joe Wright.
Genre: Thriller/Action
Classified: 21/02/2011
Release Date: 06/05/2011
Soundtracks: The Chemical Brothers <ref.1> (BBFC, 2010)
Plot Summary:

Hanna (Ronan) is a teenage girl. Uniquely, she has the strength, the stamina, and the smarts of a soldier; these come from being raised by her father (Bana), an ex-CIA man, in the wilds of Finland. Living a life unlike any other teenager, her upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless intelligence operative with secrets of her own (Ms. Blanchett). As she nears her ultimate target, Hanna faces startling revelations about her existence and unexpected questions about her humanity.
<ref.12> (iMDb, 2011)

Definition of ‘Timbre’
Timbre is such the term that is so broad to define or to be interpreted. Mainly, the term is explained in two slightly different ways in the dictionary – Acoustics/phonetics & Music – however, we will consider ‘music’ as a part of phonetic source, while I personally agree that music is actually a phonetic, since music is what we “hear” through our ears. So, ‘timbre’ is the characteristic quality of sound you hear or feel. It depends on the relative strengths (volume/velocity) of components of variety of frequencies (pitch/voice), which are determined by resonance.
<Ref.2> (dictionary.com 2012).
What is so interesting about ‘timbre’ is that it is relevantly relied on our past experiences, and it can be extremely personal and individual when determining the timbre for any particular sound. Also timbre can be differed depending on different spatial placement of the

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