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What is Diegetic Sound?

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This term describes sound for a motion picture where the source of that particular sound is visible on the screen or whose source is implied to be present by the action of the film. For example: 

  • voices of characters 
  • sounds made by objects and environment in the story 
  • music represented as coming from instruments in the story space ( aka source music)

Digetic sound can be either on screen or off screen depending on whatever its source is within the frame or outside the frame. Compare this with ‘non-diagetic sound’

 

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