1st Edition

Music in Twin Peaks Listen to the Sounds

Edited By Reba Wissner, Katherine Reed Copyright 2021
    256 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this edited volume, contributors explore an essential element of the influential television series Twin Peaks: the role of music and sound. From its debut in 1990 to its return to television in 2017, Twin Peaks has amassed a cult following, and inspired myriad scholarly studies. This collection considers how the music and sound design not only create the ambience of this ground-breaking series, but function in the narrative, encouraging multiple interpretations. With chapters that consider how music shapes the relationship of audiences and fans to the story, the importance of sound design, and the symbolism embedded in the score, this book provides a range of perspectives for scholars of music and film studies, while giving fans new insight into an iconic television show.


    1 Pitching the Peaks: Media Advertising for the Original Series

    James Deaville

    2 "Listen to the Sounds": Fan Engagement with the Soundtrack of Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)

    Jessica Getman

    3 Where Music is Always in the Air: Voice and Nostalgia in Twin Peaks

    Brooke McCorkle Okazaki

    4 The Bang Bang Bar, Silencio, and Lynch’s Audiences: Meaning and Musical Performance in Twin Peaks: The Return

    Katherine M. Reed

    5 The Music is Not What It Seems: An Examination of Labor and Capital in the Music of Twin Peaks: The Return

    Martha Schulenburg

    6 "Singer"; "Girl Singer"; "Roadhouse Singer"; "Herself": Julee Cruise in the World of Twin Peaks

    David Sweeney

    7 "The Thread Will Be Torn": Sound Design as a Measure of Self-Knowledge in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    Andrew Burt

    8 Sound Design, Music, and The Birth of Evil in Twin Peaks: The Return

    Kingsley Marshall and Rupert Loydell

    9 "What is Gordon Cole Listening To?": The Rhetoric of Subjective Sound in Twin Peaks: The Return

    Zeynep Toraman

    10 David Lynch’s Metaphysical Sound Design: The Acousmatic Personification of Judy

    Steven Wilson

    11 Americana on the Internet: Listening to Twin Peaks

    William Weston Bennett

    12 "Like Some Haunting Melody": The Laura Palmer Theme in the World of Twin Peaks

    Andrew Kohler

    13 Listen to the Skins: Drumming and Time in Twin Peaks

    Kai West

    14 Chaos and Creation: Music, Redemption, and the Atomic Bomb in Twin Peaks: The Return

    Reba A. Wissner


    Reba Wissner is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Columbus State University.

    Katherine Reed is Assistant Professor of Musicology at California State University, Fullerton.