This course will explore the emotional, technical, and cultural aspects
of music in film. In addition to the Tuesday / Thursday classes, a Thursday
evening screening (7-10 P.M.) will be offered. Topics covered will include
the rhetoric of film music, film music techniques (synchronization, orchestration,
etc.), and the analysis of select influential soundtracks, such as A Clockwork
Orange, King Kong (Steiner), Vertigo (Herrmann), High Noon (Tiomkin),
Fantasia, To Kill A Mockingbird (E. Bernstein), Patton (Goldsmith), 2001
(North) Koyaanisqatsi (Glass), Jaws (Williams), The Red Violin (Corigliano),
Blade Runner (Vangelis), The Color Purple (Jones), and Illuminata (Bolcom).
Although not required, previous experience in music history would be helpful
to students in this course. Materials will include a textbook, interviews
with film composers, and a coursepack. Students will be expected to keep
up with readings, participate in discussion (online and in-class), take
regular quizzes, and complete a rich analytical graph of a music cue from
a film of their choice. Students who are filmmakers or musicians will
have the option of collaborating to produce music for an original production
Required Texts: are currently available at Shaman Drum Bookstore in downtown
Ann Arbor (313 S. State, 2nd Fl. / 662Ð7407). Please inform instructor
if you have problems purchasing them.
- George Burt, "The Art of Film Music,"
- Michel Chion, "Audio-Vision," ca. $20
- Aaron Copland, "What to Listen For
in Music," ca. $6
- Russell Lack, "Twenty Four Frames Under,"
- Selected readings available through