The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Hearing the Industry Sing: 20 Feet from Stardom

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Diane Hughes [+-]
Macquarie University
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Diane Hughes is Senior Lecturer in Vocal Studies in the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University. Her research interests include the singing voice, pedagogy, film and sound, recording practices, the music industries and popular music. She is the President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS Ltd).
Mark Evans [+-]
University of Technology Sydney
Professor Mark Evans is Head of the School of Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is Series Editor for Genre, Music and Sound (Equinox Publishing) and is currently Editor for The International Encyclopedia of Film Music and Sound. He Co-Edits the international journal, Perfect Beat, and holds an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant to design an artistic and environmental map of the Shoalhaven basin in New South Wales.


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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Hughes, Diane; Evans, Mark. Hearing the Industry Sing: 20 Feet from Stardom. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2021. ISBN 9781781791127. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35465. Mar 2021

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