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Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture

Today's Sounds for Yesterday's Films

Making Music for Silent Cinema

Editors: Donnelly, K.J., Wallengren, Ann-Kristin (Eds.)

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In recent years, there has been something of an explosion in the performance of live music to silent films. There is a wide range of films with live and new scores that run from the historically accurate orchestral scores to contemporary sounds by groups such as Pet Shop Boys or by experimental composers and gothic heavy metal bands. It is no exaggeration to claim that music constitutes a bridge between the old silent film and the modern audience; music is also a channel for non-scholarly audiences to gain an appreciation of silent films. Music has become a means both for musicians and audiences to understand this bygone film art anew. This book is the first of its kind in that it aims to bring together writings and interviews to delineate the culture of providing music for silent films. It not only has the character of a scholarly work but is also something of a manual in that it discusses how to make music for silent films.

About the authors

K.J.Donnelly is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Southampton, UK. He is author of Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film (2014), British Film Music and Film Musicals (2007), The Spectre of Sound (2005) and Pop Music in British Cinema (2001), and editor of Film Music: Critical Approaches (2001), co-editor of Music in Video Games: Studying Play (2013) and Music in Science Fiction Television (2012).
 
Ann-Kristin Wallengren is Professor in Film Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Her research embraces questions about film and national and cultural identity, representation, ideology and transnationality, as well as on different aspects of film music. She has recently published Welcome Home Mr Swanson: Swedish Emigrants and Swedishness in Film and, together with K.J.Donnelly, a special issue of Music and the Moving Image about the psychology of film music.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Music and the Resurfacing of Silent Film: A General Introduction

    Wallengren, Ann-Kristin (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • How Far Can Too Far Go? Radical Approaches to Silent Film Music

    Donnelly, K. J.

    Pages 10-25

  • Between Practice and Theory: Silent Film Sound and the Music Archive

    Beinroth, Carolin

    Pages 29-44

  • Gottfried Huppertz’s Metropolis: The Acme of ‘Cinema Music’

    Audissino, Emilio

    Pages 45-63

  • The Music of The Circus

    Anderson, Gillian B.

    Pages 64-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Today's Sounds for Yesterday's Films
Book Subtitle
Making Music for Silent Cinema
Editors
  • K.J. Donnelly
  • Ann-Kristin Wallengren
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46636-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137466365
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46635-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 225
Topics