Editing with the ear - video
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Editing with the ear - video

The transcendental nature of rhythm in media.
Editing with the ear - video

A couple of months ago I wrote about writing with the ear, and I was reminded of it yesterday while I was editing a video.

In writing, I gave the example of how I may sometimes use 'and' rather than commas: A and B and C, rather than A, B, and C (thank you Thomas for reminding me).

Even though my old English teacher would tick me off for this act of grammatical sacrilege, exceptions can feel right to the ear at times.

While on paper it might not be grammatically correct, reading it aloud can tell you: "to hell with rules".

And that is because of rhythm. It is curious how we humans are. Universally, we seem to impose rhythm even on identical, constant sounds.

John Iversen, a neuroscientist and an avid drummer, has pointed this out. We tend to hear the sound of a digital clock, for example, as "tick-tock, tick-tock"even though it is actually "tick, tick, tick, tick." - Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia

Sitting on a train, our brains seem to seek rhythm to add meaning and comfort. Composer Arthur Honegger took this to a whole other level.

This search for rhythm cuts across everything: writing, speaking, video and storytelling.

Once you realise, you'll notice how your ear is always searching for the comfort of rhythm.

So here's a very simple but practical example of how you can seek rhythm in a video edit.

P.S. I have never found it easy to spell rhythm. The lack of vowels throws me off rhythm.

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