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Theories of the Soundtrack

James Buhler


This book is concerned with summarizing and critiquing theories of the soundtrack from roughly 1929 until today. A theory of the soundtrack is concerned with what belongs to it, how it is effectively organized, how its status in a multimedia object affects the nature of the object, the tools available for its analysis, and the interpretive regime that the theory mandates for determining the meaning, sense, and structure that sound and music bring to film and other audiovisual media. Beyond that, a theory may also delineate the range of possible uses of sound (and music), classify the types of ... More

Keywords: soundtrack, film theory, film sound, music, dialogue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199371075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199371075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Buhler, author
Professor of Music Theory and Director of the Center for American Music, University of Texas - Austin