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Narrative music, visuals and meaning in film
Luleå University of Technology, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7097-3380
Luleå University of Technology.
Luleå University of Technology.
2010 (English)In: Visual Communication, ISSN 1470-3572, E-ISSN 1741-3214, Vol. 9, no 2, 193-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Narrative media music, music used for narrative purposes in multimedia such as film, television or computer games, is becoming one of the largest sources of musical experience in our daily lives. Though typically experienced on an unconscious and unreflected level, this kind of music actively contributes narrative meaning in multimodal interplay with image, speech and sound effects. Often, what we (think we) see is to a large degree determined by what we hear. Using Halliday’s (1978) metafunctions of communication as a starting point, two short film scenes (from Jaws and The Secret of My Success) are examined, with a focus on the intermodal relationships of music and image. The examples illustrate how musical and visual expressions combine to form multimodal statements where the whole is certainly different than the sum of the parts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 9, no 2, 193-210 p.
Keyword [en]
Film music, metafunctions, multimodality, social semiotics, musical semiotics, narrative music
National Category
Media Studies
Research subject
Kultur, identitet och gestaltning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13432DOI: 10.1177/1470357210369886ISI: 000280608500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13432DiVA: diva2:676868
Available from: 2013-12-07 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Making music mean: on functions of, and knowledge about, narrative music in multimedia
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2008 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2008. 70 p.
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology, ISSN 1402-1544 ; 43
Keyword
Film music, game music, media music, multimodality, music education, musical knowledge, narrative music, social semiotics
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Learning
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urn:nbn:se:du-13437 (URN)
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Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-07 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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