The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Trailer Trash or Inspired Vocality? Song as Promotion and Aesthetic Object in Cinematic Previews

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

James Deaville [+-]
Carleton University
Professor James Deaville is a Musicologist specializing in music, composers and musical practices and institutions of the 19th and 20th centuries, having published and spoken about such diverse topics as Franz Liszt, music criticism, television news music, African-American entertainers in turn-of-the-century Vienna and "fascist" Nordic composers during the Third Reich. He has published in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of the Society for American Music, 19th Century Music Review, Echo, Current Musicology, Hamburger Jahrbuch für Musikwissenschaft and Canadian University Music Review (among others).
Agnes Malkinson [+-]
Carleton University
Agnes Malkinson is a PhD student in Communication Studies at Carleton University. Her current area of study is focused on indirect modes of communication in audiovisual advertising. She has previously worked and published in the areas of sound/music in film promotion and television advertising.

Description

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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Deaville, James; Malkinson, Agnes. Trailer Trash or Inspired Vocality? Song as Promotion and Aesthetic Object in Cinematic Previews. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2021. ISBN 9781781791127. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35466. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35466. Mar 2021

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