Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History – PDF

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  • Authors: James Buhler, David Neumeyer, Rob Deemer
  • File Size: 15 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195327799
  • ISBN-13: 9780195327793

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About The Author

David Neumeyer

James Buhler

Rob Deemer

Films achieve their effects with sound as well as images. An ideal textbook for introductory film music courses Hearing the Movies: Music and Sound in Film History (PDF) brings music into the context of sound, and sound into the context of the whole film.

The textbook explores film sound in 3 parts. Through accessible, engaging, sample analyses and exercises, Part 1 illustrates ways to analyze a soundtrack in relation to the image track. Part 2 focuses on the contributions of music to film form and style while offering a number of detailed analyses of different types of scenes; and Part 3 lays out a concise history of film sound and music, paying particular attention to the role of technological innovations in film exhibition and production.


  • * Includes a glossary of terms for easy reference
  • * Extended exercises suggest tools for basic analysis of the soundtrack
  • * Historical coverage extends from the silent film era to the advent of digital technology and beyond
  • * Detailed sample analyses with timings describe the function of music and sound in individual scenes
  • * Interludes at the ends of Parts I and II offer guidelines for writing about films in terms of their sound and music
  • * Provides a broad range of examples from Hollywood, independent, and foreign films, as well as a focused analysis
  • * Incorporates the broadest range of scholarship on film music currently available, spanning the disciplines of music and film/media studies
  • * Features sidebar commentary from industry professionals and more than 300 illustrations, including photos, screen stills, diagrams, tables, and musical excerpts

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