The Myth of the Speakers: A Critical Reexamination of Dolby History

@article{Dienstfrey2016TheMO,
  title={The Myth of the Speakers: A Critical Reexamination of Dolby History},
  author={Eric Dienstfrey},
  journal={Film History: An International Journal},
  year={2016},
  volume={28},
  pages={167 - 193}
}
ABSTRACT:This article corrects misconceptions regarding the history of film stereo. I show that the technical and aesthetic innovations regularly credited to Dolby Stereo, to sound designers like Walter Murch, and to films like Apocalypse Now (1979) were not revolutions but extensions of surround-sound practices that Hollywood codified in prior decades. I call such historical misconceptions the “Dolby myth.” Further, I argue that practitioners circulated this myth to critics and scholars in… Expand
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