Voicing the Soundtrack

A Conference in Honor of David Neumeyer

The conference will take place in the Thompson Conference Center, Room 3.102. The conference is free and open to the public. A parking map (pdf) for the TCC is available here. For further information about the conference please contact jbuhler at utexas dot edu

FRIDAY, 15 April 2016, 8am-4pm

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

8:45-9:00 Welcoming Remarks

9:00-10:30 SESSION 1: Silent Film and its Precursors

Michael Pisani, Music and Effect in mid-19th-Century Sensation Drama: Negotiating Music, Dialogue, and Sound
Julie Brown, Listening to the Human Voice in the “Silent Cinema”
Martin Marks, The Continued Life of a Silent Film: Thoughts on Wings, as Scored, Restored, and Rescored

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 SESSION 2: Classical Hollywood

Daniel Goldmark, Sounding the Jew in Early Hollywood Film
Hannah Lewis, Love Me Tonight (1932) and the Development of the Integrated Film Musical
Nathan Platte, Max Steiner’s Four Daughters? Paternity, Adoption, and the Trouble with Onscreen Orchestrators

12:30-2:30pm LUNCH

2:30-4:00 SESSION 3: Singing on Screen

Cari McDonnell, “As we sing this finale, we hope it was up your alley”: Engaging the Audience in the Hollywood Musical
Marcia Citron, “To Reconsider Operatic Values on the Screen”: Tony Britten’s Film Falstaff
Claudia Gorbman, Song / Music / Performance


SATURDAY. 16 April 2016, 8:30am-5pm

8:30-9:00 Breakfast

9:00-11:00 SESSION 4: Post-Classical and International Cinema

Brooke McCorkle, Listening to Kurosawa’s Soundscapes
Erik Heine, The Piano Concerto in the Films of Peter Weir
Julie Hubbert, The High Fidelity Revolution and Music in New Hollywood Film
Tom Schatz, What’s the Score?: Pop Music and Voiceover in Scorsese

11:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:30 SESSION 5: Music, Horror, and the Supernatural in Contemporary Film and Television

Janet Staiger, The Romantic Horror Film: Formula, Affect, and Inflection.
Frank Lehman, Serial Killings and Dodecaphonic Dread in Zodiac
Robynn Stilwell, Trope-Snatching: Musical Metaphor, Genre, and Narrative in
Invasion (2005-2006)

2:30-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 SESSION 6: Theoretical Concerns

Scott Murphy, Non-Diatonic Scales of Screens Past, Present, and Future
Jeff Smith, Elwood P. Dowd’s Liver: A Response to Ben Winters Regarding the Diegetic/Nondiegetic Split
Jim Buhler, The End(s) of Vococentrism