1st Edition

Shared Meanings in the Film Music of Philip Glass Music, Multimedia and Postminimalism

By Tristian Evans Copyright 2015
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    The study of music within multimedia contexts has become an increasingly active area of scholarly research. However, the application of such studies to musical genres outside the 'classical' film canon, or in television and other media remains largely unexplored in any detail. Tristian Evans demonstrates how postminimal music interacts with other media forms, focusing on the film music by Philip Glass, but also taking into account works by other composers such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley, John Adams and others inspired by minimalist and postminimal practices. Additionally, Evans develops innovative ways of analysing this music, based on an interdisciplinary approach, and draws on research from areas that include philosophy, linguistics and film theory. The book offers one of the first in-depth studies of Philip Glass's music for film, considering The Hours and Dracula, Naqoyqatsi, Notes on a Scandal and Watchmen, while examining re-applications of the music in new cinematic and televisual contexts. The book will appeal to musicologists but also to those working in the fields of film music, cultural studies, media studies and multimedia.

    Contents: Foreword, Michael Riesman; Introduction; Glass, postminimalism and the media: initial questions and contexts; ’The satisfaction of a drive’: postminimal music and the advertising media; Postmodern unfoldings? Narrative, temporality and repetition in postminimal music; ’Notes on a soundtrack’: reading Glass’s recent film scores; Metamorphic meanings in Glass’s intertextual soundtracks; This is (not) a soundtrack: Dracula the movie or music drama?; Existential conflict in Naqoyqatsi, Book of Longing and Watchmen; Conclusions: reviewing concepts and approaches; Bibliography; Electronic resources; Selected discography; Selected filmography; Artworks; Index.


    Tristian Evans is lecturer in Music at Bangor University, UK. He completed BMus, MA and doctoral studies at Bangor between 2002-10, receiving support from the AHRC’s doctoral programme.


    - J. Behrens, Wolf Museum of Music and Art in CHOICE

    "[Evans] offers a refreshing approach to [postminimalism] by revealing the numerous contradictions in the definitions that have appeared and that are part of its historiography.[…] All in all […] I hope it stimulates further work in this subject."

    - Rob Haskins, ARSC Journal