Bird Sounds was created as part of a interdisciplinary research project exploring sound and its affect on image memory in narrative film. Specifically do we create image memories of moments that we have only heard? Till now no study has explored this question.

It’s common for filmmakers to not show audiences key moments in film, this is especially noticeable in certain genres such as horror.

To test this, 2 versions of Bird Sounds were made, each with important moments presented with only sound or sound and image. Test audience viewed one version and then were asked to recall if they remembered certain image sequences.

Paper preprint is available here:

The interdisciplinary research team:

Principal Investigator: Assistant Professor Ross Adrian Williams

Co Investigator: Associate Professor Suzy Styles

Co Investigator: Gerrit Maus