The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

From Despicable to Happy: Animated Vocality in the Evolution of Felonius Gru

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Diane Hughes [+-]
Macquarie University
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Diane Hughes is an Associate Professor in Vocal Studies and Music at Macquarie University. She has an extensive background in contemporary popular singing and singing pedagogy. Her work within the industry has involved artist development and recording. Diane's research interests include vocal artistry, emotion and voice, the singer-songwriter, vocal pedagogy, vocal recording, vocal performance and singing in schools. She co-authored The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery (2016) with Evans, Morrow and Keith, published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Veronica Stewart [+-]
Sydney Voice Studio
Dr Veronica Stewart is a singer, teacher and researcher, with a keen interest in the singing voice, songwriting and associated creative processes. Her PhD investigated the creativity of Australian singer-songwriters (2019). Veronica is also the director and principal voice teacher of the Sydney Voice Studio. She has worked with singers for over 15 years and now frequently works with contemporary singer-songwriters, fellow singing teachers and artists with a focus on sustainable vocal, musical and entrepreneurial creative practices.


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; Stewart, Veronica. From Despicable to Happy: Animated Vocality in the Evolution of Felonius Gru. 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.35470. Oct 2020

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