Global Soundtracks: Worlds of Film Music

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This stimulating collection of essays analyzes the music of films ranging from mainstream and subcultural American films through case studies of those from China, India, Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria, Latin American, and the Caribbean, and includes a variety of key films, periods, and studio practices. The focus of the essays is the social and cultural meanings of film music, not just composers’ careers and the musical support of storyline and psychology that are the center of most film music studies. Global Soundtracks is the first anthology to suggest methods for understanding how the conventions of standard film music became localized and expanded around the world in many different periods and cinema systems, and to suggest comparative approaches of analysis.


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“The essays in Global Soundtracks are without exception rewarding for their grounded knowledge of the musical traditions, historical context, cultural complexities and political and economic forces within and among world film industries. This collection would also serve as an excellent background to the close analysis that scholars and students in the fields of cinema and popular music studies might pursue.”—Helen O'Shea, Popular Music

"Providing a broad survey of film music practices around the world, by emphasizing the cultural, historical and creative specificities of musical practices in varied cinema contexts, Global Soundtracks makes for a much required intervention into the broader rubric of studying world cinema."—Aparna Sharma, Film-Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819568823
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Series: Music Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK SLOBIN is a professor of music at Wesleyan University. He is the author of Fiddler on the Move: Exploring the Klezmer World (2000) and Subcultural Sounds: Micromusics of the West (1993, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Preview of Coming Attractions – Mark Slobin
The Steiner Superculture – Mark Slobin
The Superculture beyond Steiner – Mark Slobin
Subcultural Filmways – Mark Slobin
That Bollywood Sound – Greg Booth
Tamil Film Music: Sound and Significance – Joseph Getter and B. Balasubrahmaniyan
The Influence of Hindi Film Music on Hausa Videofilm Soundtrack Music – Abdalla Uba Adamu
Reflexive Cinema: Reflecting on and Representing the Worlds of Chinese Film and Music – Sue M. C. Tuohy
Music in Indonesian “Historical” Films: Reading Nopember 1828 – Sumarsam
‘The Soul Has No Color’ but the Skin Does: Angelitos Negros and the Use of Blackface on the Mexican Silver Screen, ca. 1950 – Marilyn Miller
Baianas, Malandros and Samba: Listening to Brazil Through Donald Duck’s Ears – Eric A. Galm
Diversity and Orality in Euzhan Palcy’s La Rue cases-nègres – Brenda F. Berrian
Listening to Abd al-Halim Hafiz – Martin Stokes
Comparative Vistas – Mark Slobin
Index of Film Titles
Index of Personal and Geographic Names

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