The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Singing, Sonic Authenticity and Stardom in Dancer in the Dark

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Nessa Johnston [+-]
Edge Hill University
Dr Nessa Johnston is a Lecturer in Media, Film and Television at Edge Hill University, UK. Her research and teaching interests include sound in screen media, critical production studies, and production/sound aesthetics in low-budget and art cinema, encompassing independent, experimental and cult cinema. She has published on film sound in several edited collections and journals including Music, Sound and the Moving Image; The Soundtrack; The Velvet Light Trap; Alphaville; Popular Music; and The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media.


This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, considers how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Typically heard in song, the singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as protagonist, as narrator, as communicator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct genre that focuses on the conceptualization and synchronization of the singing voice in the post-War era. It explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).

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Johnston, Nessa. Singing, Sonic Authenticity and Stardom in Dancer in the Dark. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781791127. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35459. Feb 2021

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