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, and advertising. Each chapter focuses on a notable use of Western musical tropes, textures, instrumentation, form, and harmonic language, delving into the resonance of the music of the Western to cite bravura, machismo, colonisation, violence, gender roles and essentialism, exploration, and other concepts.
1. "The Wild West meets the Wives of Windsor: Shakespeare and Music in the Mythological American West" (Kendra Preston Leonard) 2. "The Commodification of the Western Soundscape" (Mariana Whitmer) 3. "High-senberg Noon: Breaking Bad and the Sounds of the West" (Jeffrey Bullins) 4. "Reinterpreting the American Western in Ry Cooder’s Soundtrack to Paris, Texas (1984)" (Erin Bauer) 5."Sonic Markers of the Science Fiction Western" (S. Andrew Granade) 6. "'You Can’t Build an Empire Without Getting a Mite Unscrupulous': Music, Morality, and Cold War Criticism in Doctor Who’s ‘The Gunfighters’ (1966)" (Stanley C. Pelkey II) 7. "From the Old West to the New Future: Stoney Burke, The Outer Limits, and the Daystar Stock Music Library" (Reba A. Wissner) 8. "The Soundscape of the East German Indianerfilme" (Johanna Frances Yunker)