The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes


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. Her research areas include vocal health and wellbeing, music industries and recording, vocal artistry, emotion in song, the singer-songwriter and vocal pedagogy. She co-authored The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery (2016) with Evans, Morrow and Keith, published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is an advocate for music education and for multidisciplinary voice studies more broadly.
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. Recent books include Sounding Funny: Comedy, Cinema and Music (with Phillip Hayward) and Moves, Movies and Music: The Sound of Dance Films (with Mary Fogarty), and The New Music Industries: Disruption and Discovery (co-authored with Hughes, Morrow and Keith), published by Palgrave Macmillan.


This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema and considers different contextual formations of singing and how they contribute to narrative, emotional affect and cultural sensitivities. 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 healer, as motivator, 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 agent that focuses on identity and identification. This book 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. Index. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 213-224 Nov 2020. ISBN 9781781791127. Date accessed: 01 Apr 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.42472. Nov 2020

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