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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199797544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199797547
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 2.3 x 15.5 cm
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Covering a suprising array of practices, the case studies in this book are engaging ... Given the variety of topics and perpectives, it is a remarkable achievement of the editors that the book reads as an integrated effort, with substantial cross-referencing and little unnecessary repetition ... (Maria A. Vélez-Serna)

This collection fulfills a need for addressing the history of British cinema sound, in which music was hardly covered in the 1930s. Especially for students and faculty interested in British cinema music ... Highly recommended. (M. Goldsmith, Choice)

an important collection on a neglected field; exploring the diverse sonic dimensions of cinema as it developed across the era leading up to synchronised sound, presenting a richly evocative array of ephemeral cultural practices ... The Sounds of the Silents in Britain presents a complex story in an engaging and accessible fashion, with an intelligently light touch taken, in general, with regard to theory. It is sure to become a valuable resource for film and music scholars, students and, indeed, anyone interested in this extraordinarily vibrant period of cinema. (Michael Williams, Viewfinder)

About the Author

Julie Brown is Reader in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has written on early twentieth-century music (especially Schoenberg and Bartók), television music and film music. Her publications include Bartók and the Grotesque: Studies in Modernity, the Body and Contradiction in Music, and Western Music and Race,which was awarded the American Musicological Society's Ruth A. Solie Award. Annette Davison is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on film music and sound, music for the stage and for television. Publications include Hollywood Theory, Non-Hollywood Practice: Cinema Soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s (2004), Alex North's A Streetcar Named Desire: A Film Score Guide (2009), and, with Erica Sheen, American Dreams, Nightmare Visions: The Cinema of David Lynch (2004).

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