1st Edition

Music and Sound in Documentary Film

Edited By

Holly Rogers

ISBN 9780415728669
Published November 20, 2014 by Routledge
224 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection of fourteen essays provides a rich and detailed history of the relationship between and music and image in documentary films, exploring the often overlooked role of music in the genre and its subsequent impact on an audience’s perception of reality and fiction. Exploring examples of documentary films which make use of soundtrack music, from an interdisciplinary perspective, Music and Sound in Documentary Film is the first in-depth treatment on the use of music in the nonfiction film and will appeal to scholars and students working in the intersection of music and film and media studies.

Table of Contents

Preface  Bill Nichols  1. Introduction: Music, Sound, and the Nonfiction Aesthetic  Holly Rogers  2. Resounding City Films: Vertov, Ruttmann and Early Experiments with Documentary Sound Aesthetics  Carolyn Birdsall  3. Sounding the World: The Role of Music and Sound in Early “Talking” Newsreels  James Deaville  4. Race, War, Music and The Problem of One Tenth of Our Nation (1940)  Julie Hubbert  5. Music, Science, and Educational Film in Post-War Britain  Thomas F. Cohen  6. Reinventing the Documentary: The Early Essay Film Soundtracks of Chris Marker  Orlene Denice McMahon  7. Water Music: Scoring the Silent World  Mervyn Cooke  8. Music and the Aesthetics of the Recorded World: Time, Event and Meaning in Feature Documentary  John Corner  9. Irish Sea Power: A New Version of Man of Aran (2009/1934)  K.J.Donnelly  10. Excavating Authenticity: Surveying the Indie Rock-Doc  Jamie Sexton  11. More Than Background: Ambience and Sound-Design in Contemporary Art Documentary Film  Marion Leonard and Robert Strachan  12. Sonic Ethnographies: Leviathan and New Materialisms in Documentary  Selmin Kara and Alanna Thain  Afterword  Anahid Kassabian

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Holly Rogers is Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Research Centre for Audio-Visual Media at the University of Liverpool. She is the author of Visualising Music: Audiovisual Relationships in Avant-Garde Film and Video Art (2010) and Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music (2013).