There are 3 categories of sound in this film and it’s dialogue, sound effects, and music. Dialogue is best described as talking, conversations between the actors of narrator. Sound effects are the sounds that are used to enhance a film. Some of the sound effects are used for enhancing a natural element like crickets in a outdoor scene. Walla is a popular “natural” sound effect, it is unintelligible background noises used to depict a crowd (Goodykoontz and Jacobs, 2011). There is also the sound effects of a explosion in this movie. Music is the third basic category of sound in films. This category contains the score which can be played during a action scene in film. The soundtrack also may contain some dialogue from the film too.
The film the Matrix uses all 3 of the sound categories very well. The characters converse with one another to create the dialogue. There is also music being played throughout the film mostly during the action or fight scenes. There also walla and other natural sound effects going on throughout the film to enhance it. The Sound Specialist Dane A. Davis was responsible for the never before heard special effects used during the fight scenes in the movie. With the help of animal sounds and the sounds generated from hitting large pieces of meat, Davis created unique body-hit and whoosh sounds during these scenes (Isaza, 2009). The sounds in this film were characteristic of both science fiction and action films.
The fight scene below makes use of the unique sound effects that Davis spoke of along with a score playing in the background. It also has real sounds like the newspaper being blown in the wind and the cement crumbling under the blows of the agent fists. The meat hitting sounds are prevalent as well as Neo and the agent exchange blows. While a lot of the sounds are unreal many are real but enhanced, like the knuckle cracking at the beginning of the scene. Without the sounds the scene and film would lose the excitement and suspense that makes it a great film.
The Matrix – Subway Fight. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zIJCpUqeb4
Goodykoontz, B., & Jacobs, C. P. (2011). FILM: FROM WATCHING TO SEEING. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.
Isaza, M. (2009, August 6). Dane A. Davis Special: The Matrix [Part 1] | Designing Sound Designing Sound. Retrieved from http://designingsound.org/2009/08/dane-a-davis-special-the-matrix-part-1/