Film Music Beyond Hollywood

Module code: W3039
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework

On this module you’ll explore some of the exciting and experimental developments in film music practices emerging in the second half of the twentieth century. During this time cultural changes and expectations were reflected in greater experimentalism and innovation across society and art forms. This includes film music and sound, following the so-called 'Golden Age' of classical Hollywood film scores in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

You’ll begin with a brief review of 'Golden Age' film music and the established continuity system of musical editing. You will then examine case studies of film scores from several different countries, including USA, Britain, France, and the former Soviet Union. You’ll consider fragmented, composite, formalist and popular music solutions.

Finally you’ll consider the growing influence of sound design and the blurred boundaries between music and sound in some contemporary cinema.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of how film music is made and works, and its cultural/social roles and functions
  • Demonstrate understanding of the social, cultural, economic and aesthetic importance of film music
  • Account for and demonstrate role of film music in appropriate media through presentations and written work
  • Critically evaluate relevant scholarship on film music and relate finding s to specific case studies