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Hearing the movies : music and sound in film history

Author: James Buhler; David Neumeyer; Rob Deemer
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
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Films achieve their effects with sound as well as images. An ideal text for introductory film music courses, Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History brings music into the context of sound, and sound into the context of the whole film. The text explores film sound in three parts. Through engaging, accessible sample analyses and exercises, Part I illustrates ways to analyze a soundtrack in relation to the
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Buhler, James, 1964-
Hearing the movies.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
(OCoLC)639684753
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Buhler; David Neumeyer; Rob Deemer
ISBN: 9780195327793 0195327799
OCLC Number: 276515073
Description: xxiii, 470 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm
Contents: The sound track and film narrative : basic terms and concepts. The sound track and narrative ; The musicality of the sound track : concepts and terminology ; Music, sound and the space of narrative : concepts and terminology ; Music, sound and time ; Writing about film sound : analysis and description --
Music, film form, and film style. Music in film form ; Music in main-title and end-credit sequences ; Music in performance and montage scenes ; Film style and the sound track ; Music in character and action scenes ; Writing about film music : interpretation --
The sound track : a technological history. Music and sound in the silent era (1895-1929) ; The transition to sound film (1926-1932) ; Music and the sound track in the classical studio era ; The stereo sound track and the post-classical era (1950-1975) ; The new Hollywood, Dolby stereo, and the emergence of sound design (1975-2000) ; Music and film sound today.
Responsibility: James Buhler, David Neumeyer, Rob Deemer.

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Films achieve their effects with sound as well as images. An ideal text for introductory film music courses, Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History brings music into the context of sound, and sound into the context of the whole film. The text explores film sound in three parts. Through engaging, accessible sample analyses and exercises, Part I illustrates ways to analyze a soundtrack in relation to the image track. Part II focuses on the contributions of music to film form and style while offering a number of detailed analyses of different types of scenes; and Part III lays out a concise history of film music and sound, paying particular attention to the role of technological innovations in film production and exhibition.

Features: * Detailed sample analyses with timings describe the function of sound and music in individual scenes * Extended exercises suggest tools for basic analysis of the soundtrack * Interludes at the ends of Parts I and II offer guidelines for writing about films in terms of their sound and music * Historical coverage extends from the silent film era to the advent of digital technology and beyond * Provides a broad range of examples from Hollywood, independent, and foreign films, as well as focused analysis * Features sidebar commentary from industry professionals and more than 300 illustrations, including screen stills, photos, tables, diagrams, and musical excerpts * Incorporates the broadest range of scholarship on film music currently available, spanning the disciplines of music and film/media studies * Includes glossary of terms for easy reference.

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