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Voicing the cinema : film music and the integrated soundtrack

Author: James Buhler; Hannah Lewis
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020] ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Over the past three decades, the study of the film soundtrack has developed into a rich scholarly discipline, characterized by diverse approaches and methodologies drawn from such disciplines as musicology, music theory, film and media studies, and sound studies. Yet, despite the diversity of approaches, the logic of the soundtrack and the relationship among its various components remains underexplored and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Voicing the cinema
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2020.
(DLC) 2019035095
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Buhler; Hannah Lewis
ISBN: 9780252043000 0252043006 9780252084867 0252084861
OCLC Number: 1121446415
Description: 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Voices in, of, and on the cinema / James Buhler and Hannah Lewis --
Historical approaches to technology and the voice. Apprehending human voice in the "Silent cinema" / Julie Brown ; Silencing and sounding the voice in transition-era French cinema / Hannah Lewis ; FM radio and the new Hollywood soundtrack / Julie Hubbert ; Pinewood's fiddler fans Goldwyn's folly : London's battle for postproduction sound business / Katherine Quanz --
The practice of the singing voice. Vococentrism and sound in Ingmar Bergman's The magic flute / Marcia J. Citron ; Breaking into soundtrack in 1980s teen films / Cari McDonnell ; Girls' voices, boys' stories, and self-determination in animated films since 2012 / Robynn J. Stilwell --
The "auteuristic" voice of the soundtrack. The trouble with onscreen orchestrators : Progeny and compositional crisis in the four daughters film / Nathan Platte ; Some thoughts on genre, the vococentric cinema, and "Stella by starlight" / David Neumeyer ; Listening to soundscapes in Kurosawa's Dersu uzala (1975) / Brooke McCorkle ; Peter Weir and the piano concerto / Erik Heine --
Narrative and vococentrism. Monocentrism, or soundtracks in space : Rediscovering Forbidden Planet's multi-speaker release / Eric Dienstfrey ; Sound and the comic/horror romance film : Formula, affect, and inflection / Janet Staiger ; Once more into the breach : Interrogating Ben Winters's nondiegetic fallacy / Jeff Smith ; The end(s) of vococentrism / James Buhler.
Responsibility: edited by James Buhler and Hannah Lewis.

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"Over the past three decades, the study of the film soundtrack has developed into a rich scholarly discipline, characterized by diverse approaches and methodologies drawn from such disciplines as musicology, music theory, film and media studies, and sound studies. Yet, despite the diversity of approaches, the logic of the soundtrack and the relationship among its various components remains underexplored and undertheorized. The voice has long been an object of focus of many theoretical approaches to sound in cinema. But because of the way it relates to meaning and hierarchy, "voice" is also a useful metaphorical conceit for thinking about relations within the soundtrack. "Voice" can have multiple meanings when considering the integrated soundtrack and its position in the history of film music and sound. This volume builds on existing scholarship on music and film sound, with particular attention to the concepts of the voice in cinema, vococentrism, and the integrated soundtrack. What is the cinematic significance of the singing voice? How do music and dialogue interact in cinema? To what extent, if any, is silent film vococentric? Is vococentrism still a useful category to apply to conetmporary postclassical film? These are some of the questions the essays in this volume will address"--

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"Valuable new essays on the ways cinema speaks, sings, shouts, and whispers."-Claudia Gorbman, author of Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music "Including works by many of film music's finest Read more...

 
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