The recent proliferation of research about music for film, television, video games, and the Internet—collectively called "screen music"—has resulted in a growing, diverse body of scholarly work that cuts across disciplinary divides, temporal partitions, and geographical boundaries. These studies nevertheless share a common dedication to advancing our understanding of how music interacts with moving images: supporting narrative, creating affect, suspending disbelief, and engaging audiences. The Ashgate Screen Music series dedicates itself to publishing such monographs and edited collections, which reflect the variety of topics and approaches adopted in current screen music scholarship while addressing specific encounters between music and moving images, regardless of medium, genre, time, or place. Our authors rely upon both ear and eye in coming to terms with the social, cultural, and historical meanings embedded within the audiovisual text. While maintaining the highest academic standards of peer-reviewed publication, series volumes also strive to speak to inquisitive readers in general, who wish to inform themselves about the subject under investigation. We hope that our readership will find the individual volumes in the Ashgate Screen Music series rewarding in and of themselves, and exemplary of how the varied themes and methods in screen music research of today can meaningfully and profitably intersect across increasingly porous boundaries.
Scoring the Hollywood Actor in the 1950s
Music, the Moving Image and Ireland, 1897–2017
Heavy Metal at the Movies
Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western
Reeled In: Pre-existing Music in Narrative Film
By Timothy B. Cochran
May 31, 2023
Musical Sincerity and Transcendence in Film focuses on the ways filmmakers treat music reflexively—that is, draw attention to what it is and what it can do. Examining a wide range of movies from recent decades including examples from Indiewood, teen film, and blockbuster cinema, the book explores ...
By Gregory Camp
August 01, 2022
Scoring the Hollywood Actor in the 1950s theorises the connections between film acting and film music using the films of the 1950s as case studies. Closely examining performances of such actors as James Dean, Montgomery Clift, and Marilyn Monroe, and films of directors like Elia Kazan, Douglas ...
By John O'Flynn
December 31, 2021
Music, the Moving Image and Ireland, 1897–2017 constitutes the first comprehensive study of music for screen productions from or relating to the island. It identifies and interprets tendencies over the first 120 years of a field comprising the relatively distinct yet often overlapping areas of ...
By David Cooper, Ian Sapiro, Laura Anderson
July 10, 2019
The first significant publication devoted entirely to Trevor Jones’s work, The Screen Music of Trevor Jones: Technology, Process, Production, investigates the key phases of his career within the context of developments in the British and global screen-music industries. This book draws on the direct...
By Gerd Bayer
January 28, 2019
The chapters collected in this volume shed light on the areas of interaction between film studies and heavy metal research, exploring how the audio-visual medium of film relates to, builds on and shapes metal culture. At one end of the spectrum, metal music serves as a form of ambient background in...
By Kendra Preston Leonard, Mariana Whitmer
August 14, 2018
Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western examines the use and function of musical tropes and gestures traditionally associated with the American Western in new and different contexts ranging from Elizabethan theater, contemporary drama, space opera and science fiction, Cold War era European filmmaking...
By Jonathan Godsall
September 04, 2018
How and why is pre-existing music used in films? What effects can its use have on films and their audiences? And what lasting impact can appropriation have on the music? Reeled In is a comprehensive exploration of these questions, considering the cinematic quotation of Beethoven symphonies, Beatles...
By James Cook, Alexander Kolassa, Adam Whittaker
February 07, 2018
Recomposing the Past is a book concerned with the complex but important ways in which we engage with the past in modern times. Contributors examine how media on stage and screen uses music, and in particular early music, to evoke and recompose a distant past. Culture, popular and otherwise, is ...