This course is an introduction to classic film scores, music written for movies from the late 1920s to the 1960s. At the same time, we will deal with film sound in general: the technology that made silent movies talk, the rules and tricks of sound and music production for film, and the scientific and aesthetic theories behind different approaches to the soundtrack. One goal of the course is for students to learn to listen analytically to what is heard on a soundtrack. Another is to get a sense for the ways that European classical music (opera and symphony) influenced and continues to influence film composers. Students do not need to read music for this course: we deal with film music on an aural basis and look at musical notation occasionally. Some Musical background (for example, playing an instrument) could be helpful.
proposal: Unpacking Tukanoan Sonic Archives, has been chosen for funding by the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America (SALSA). The funding is provided by the Norm and Sibby Whitten Research Fund.
In Vancouver, Siel Agugliaro, Glenda Goodman, Naomi Waltham-Smith, and Vanessa Williams delivered papers, Jamuna Samuel chaired a session, and Carlo Lanfossi was awarded a grant in the history of opera. Among the alumni, Roger M. Grant was awarded the SMT Emerging Scholar Award and Martha Feldman the AMS Kinkeldey Award.