Title

Prisoners of difference

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Bird, GM 2002, 'Prisoners of difference', in D Brown & M Wilkie (eds), Prisoners as citizens: human rights in Australian prisons, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, pp. 65-77. ISBN: 9781862874244

Abstract

Summary: "Over the last decade popular cinema has employed a variety of forms of music. These include traditional composed screen music, pre-recorded music tracks, mixes of music and sound effects and various combinations of these. In response to this, film music scholars have developed new ways of understanding and analysing the role of film music in relation to genre, narrative and creative roles and inter-relations in film music scoring. 'Reel Tracks' provides a series of insightful analyses of recent mainstream Australian cinema. Following the editor's careful exploration of film music's relation to national cinema culture and identity, individual chapters offer stimulating and diverse accounts of music in films such as Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), Lantana (2001), Chopper (2000) and Paradise Road (1997). The chapters in this volume also address broader themes such as the musical representation of sexuality in cinema and music's representation of regions, localities and ethnicity. Reel Tracks is an important contribution to both Australian film studies and the international understanding of the role of music in contemporary western cinema. This volume is targeted to both cinema studies readers and film music students, teachers and aficionados." -- Publisher's website.

Contents: Soundscapes of surf and steel : "Blackrock" and "Bootmen" / Shane Homan -- New-Age Ned : Scoring Irishness and masculinity in "Ned Kelly" / Helen O'Shea -- Hauntings : Soundtrack representations of Papua New Guinea in "To have and to hold" and "In a savage land" / Philip Hayward -- "Hei-fen" and musical subtexts in two Australian films by Clara Law / Tony Mitchell -- Lost in music : popular music, multiculturalism and Australian film / Jon Stratton -- Scoring : sexuality and Australian film music, 1990-2003 / Bruce Johnson and Gaye Poole -- "Christ kid, you're a weirdo" : aural construction of subjectivity in "Bad boy bubby" / Melissa Iocco and Anna Hickey-Moody -- The sound of redemption in "Chopper" : rediscovering ambience as affect / Mark Evans -- Sounds of Australia in "Rabbit-proof fence" / Marjorie D. Kibby -- Untangling "Lantana" : a study of film sound production / Rebecca Coyle -- Moon music : musical meanings in "One night the moon" / Kate Winchester -- Transcendent voices : choral music in "Paradise road" / Jude Magee -- Musical intertextuality in "The bank" / Michael Hannan -- Carl Vine's score in "beDevil" / Catherine Summerhayes and Roger Hillman -- The composer as alchemist : an overview of Australian feature film scores 1994-2004 / Michael Atherton.

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