Popular Music and Film Studies

Although these are fairly new areas of study within musicology in general, they are intrinsic to the research profile of the department. Our work makes use of both analytical and semiotic approaches, aimed at understanding better how musical details contribute to the effects they produce.

Dr Jeremy Barham is working particularly in film music, on a range of issues including narrative and temporality (the relationship between film structure and music structure); theories of intertextuality and interpretation; genre-specific work on sci-fi and horror films; and archival work in early sound film.

Among current topics being researched by PhD students in the area are issues of performance gesture in relation to Tori Amos and P.J.Harvey, issues in the aesthetics of contemporary producers who avoid using contemporary technology, and an analysis of collaborative commercial songwriting practices.

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