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Contemporary Film Music

Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition

Editors: Coleman, Lindsay, Tillman, Joakim (Eds.)

  • Brings together practitioner and theorist
  • Features interviews with 8 major film composers including Mychael Danna and A.R. Rahman
  • Explores the contemporary influence of electronic music, issues surrounding the mixing of soundtracks, music theory, and the evolution of composers’ musical voices
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About this book

The purpose of this book, through its very creation, is to strengthen the dialogue between practitioner and theorist. To that end, a film academic and musicologist have collaborated as editors on this book, which is in turn comprised of interviews with composers alongside complementary chapters that focus on a particular feature of the composer’s approach or style. These chapters are written by a fellow composer, musicologist, or film academic who specializes in that element of the composer’s output. In the interview portions of this book, six major film composers discuss their work from the early 1980s to the present day: Carter Burwell, Mychael Danna, Dario Marianelli, Rachel Portman, Zbigniew Preisner, and A.R. Rahman. The focus is on the practical considerations of film composition, the relationship each composer has with the moving image, narrative, technical considerations, personal motivations in composing, the relationships composers have with their directors, and their own creative processes. Contemporary Film Music also explores the contemporary influence of electronic music, issues surrounding the mixing of soundtracks, music theory, and the evolution of each composer’s musical voice.

About the authors

Lindsay Coleman is an independent film academic, journalist and educator. He is the author of Transnational Cinematography Studies (2017) and Sex and Storytelling in Modern Cinema (2015). Coleman is working on a series of books on modern cinema and also a documentary series on the history of visual effects.

Joakim Tillman is Associate Professor in Musicology at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes, for instance the essay Topoi and Intertextuality: Narrative Function in Hans Zimmer’s and Lisa Gerrard’s Music to Gladiator in Music in Epic Film: Listening to Spectacle (2017).

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Coleman, Lindsay (et al.)

    Pages 1-15

  • A.R. Rahman Interview

    Coleman, Lindsay

    Pages 17-25

  • The ‘Alternate Space’ of A.R. Rahman’s Film Music

    Wilcox, Felicity

    Pages 27-55

  • Zbigniew Preisner Interview

    Godsall, Jonathan

    Pages 57-62

  • Music by Zbigniew Preisner? Fictional Composers and Compositions in the Kieślowski Collaborations

    Godsall, Jonathan

    Pages 63-86

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57375-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57374-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Film Music
Book Subtitle
Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition
Editors
  • Lindsay Coleman
  • Joakim Tillman
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57375-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57375-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57374-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 272
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations
Topics