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Music in Television

Channels of Listening, 1st Edition

Edited by James Deaville


244 pages

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Music in Television is a collection of essays examining television’s production of meaning through music in terms of historical contexts, institutional frameworks, broadcast practices, technologies, and aesthetics. It presents the reader with overviews of major genres and issues, as well as specific case studies of important television programs and events. With contributions from a wide range of scholars, the essays range from historical-analytical surveys of TV sound and genre designations to studies of the music in individual programs, including South Park and Dr. Who.


"A worthy contribution to the field, and I would strongly recommend that music libraries and individuals wishing to learn more about television music purchase this book for their collections." - Lisa Scoggin, Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Volume Foreword

Preface: Listening to the Small Screen

Part I: Practices and Theories of Television Music

1. A Discipline Emerges: Reading Writing About Listening to Television

James Deaville

2. "Coperettas," "Detecterns," and Space Operas: Music and Genre Hybridization in American Television

Ron Rodman

3. TV Music and the History of Television Sound

Shawn VanCour

4. Rural Music on American Television, 1948-2010

Michael Saffle

5. Music in the Golden Age of Television News Documentaries

Colin Roust

Part II: Case Studies in Television Music

6. "Bad Wolf": Leitmotiv and Musical Textures in Doctor Who (2005)

Robynn Stilwell

7. From Punk to the Musical: South Park, Music, and the Cartoon Format

Sean Nye

8. It’s What’s Happening Baby! Television Music and the Politics of the War

On Poverty

Norma Coates

9. Channeling Glenn Gould: Masculinities from Television to New Hollywood

Julie Brown

10. "The Rock Man’s Burden": Consuming Canada at Live 8

Kip Pegley

Appendix: Generation X, South Park, and TV Music Composition: An Interview with Adam Berry

Conducted by Sean Nye

About the Editor

James Deaville is a Professor in the School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music, at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. His interest in television music focuses on how music has played a role in the reporting of news, and has published articles on news music used for 9/11 and for the war in Iraq.

About the Series

Routledge Music and Screen Media Series

Routledge Music and Screen Media Series

The Routledge Music and Screen Media Series offers edited collections of original essays on music in particular genres of film, television, video games and new media. These edited essay collections are written for an interdisciplinary audience of students and scholars of music and film and media studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Genres & Styles / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies