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Author Prendergast, Roy M., 1943-

Title Film music : a neglected art : a critical study of music in films / Roy M. Prendergast.

Published New York : W.W. Norton, [1992]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  781.54209 PREN  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
 UniM Southbank  781.54209 Pre    AVAILABLE
Edition 2nd ed.
Physical description xxii, 329 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 308-314.
Contents Part I History -- 1. Music in the Silent Film 3 -- 2. Music in the Early Sound Film 19 -- 3. Film Music Comes of Age: 1935-1950 35 -- 4. From 1950 to the Present 98 -- 5. Music in the Cartoon and Experimental Animated Film 180 -- Part II Aesthetics -- 6. Aesthetics of Film Music 213 -- 7. Film Music and Form 227 -- Part III Technique -- 8. Synchronizing Music to Picture 249 -- 9. Music for Television: A Brief Overview 274 -- Part IV Contemporary Techniques and Tools -- 10. Video Post-Production Techniques 291 -- 11. Digital Audio 298 -- 12. Music Synthesizer 302.
Summary The expanded, updated, and revised edition of Film Music brings together the experience and insights of the professional film music editor with the scholarship and concerns of the film critic and historian. In this pioneering work, film music--from its beginnings to the present day--is analyzed both as composition and as an integral element of cinematic expression.
Beginning with an extensive historical overview, the author recreates the process by which film music composers developed their own forms out of typical screen action. The techniques and achievements of filmmakers from the silent and early sound film eras to the 1990s are examined, including the unique demands of music for the rapidly changing images of cartoons and animated films.
A new chapter about music for television has been added to the very informative discussion of techniques for synchronizing music to picture. And the latest technological advances are described in an entirely new section dealing with contemporary methods and tools, including video post-production, the advent of digital audio, and the pervasive influence of the music synthesizer.
Replete with music examples drawn from actual film scores, this comprehensive study concludes with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography of related reference works.
Subject Motion picture music -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0393029883
039330874X (paperback)