The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice and its Use to Evoke Unease, Discomfort and Violence

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Mark Thorley [+-]
Coventry University
Dr Mark Thorley's research centres on the impact of technology on the Creative Industries, drawing upon his background as a classically-trained musician, technologist and entrepreneur. His work appears in a range of publications from Oxford University Press through to the Journal of Popular Music and Society. He has developed and managed several academic programmes, including the Music and Creative Technologies Programme at Coventry University. He was a Director of the Music Producers’ Guild, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Liz Giuffre [+-]
University of Technology, Sydney
Dr Liz Giuffre is a Senior Lecturer in Communication at the University of Technology Sydney. She also regularly works in the national independent arts press as a journalist and commentator, including work as the regular contributing editor for Metro Magazine, a regular contributor to Critical Studies in Television, and columnist for The Conversation.


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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Thorley, Mark; Giuffre, Liz. The Singing Voice and its Use to Evoke Unease, Discomfort and Violence. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781791127. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35469. Oct 2020

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