The Music for Audio-Visual Media conference held on 4-6 September 2014 in the School of Music was widely regarded as a highly successful venture. An excellent keynote lecture from Claudia Gorbman and a wide range of interesting and inspiring paper presentations from new and established scholars and doctoral candidates were enjoyed by delegates, and there was a good ‘buzz’ around the whole event. Thanks are due to the conference committee and all contributors and delegates.
The conference programme and paper abstracts can now be accessed from the outputs page.
We are pleased to announce that a conference dinner has been arranged for the evening of Friday 5 September 2014, the second day of the Music for Audio-Visual Media (MAViM) conference. Catering will be carried out by Ambassador Events, who also catered the last screen music event at Leeds, in 2011. Delegates will receive a hot and cold buffet meal with wine for just £16.50, and should book their place at the conference dinner here. Vegetarian options will be available, but delegates are requested to include any dietary requirements when they book.
The reels of sound recordings in the Trevor Jones archive are now back in Leeds having been successfully digitised in London at the FX Copyroom. The work has been carried out over the last eight months, and has come in on time and on budget, meaning that the next stages of the research project can begin in earnest at the end of the summer. There is a large amount of metadata collection still to be carried out by the project team, but the return of these materials nonetheless marks a significant milestone in the project delivery.
Several terabytes of data have been returned to Leeds from FX, the company charged with digitizing the reels of analogue sound donated to the University by Trevor Jones. Over two thirds of the reels have now been received back, and the project team has started the mammoth task of wading through the sound files to compile the necessary metadata for cataloging. The rest of this set of data is expected back in May/June, ahead of schedule.
The programme for the Music for Audio-Visual Media conference is now live on the project website.
Twenty-nine papers have been selected from academics and students based in the UK, Europe and the USA, and these will run in parallel with further papers forming the RMA annual conference. A keynote lecture will be given by Claudia Gorbman, with a keynote interview with Trevor Jones also planned.
See the Conference page for the full programme.
The call for papers has been released for the first project conference, Music for Audio-Visual Media. Submissions relating to all areas of Music for Audio-Visual Media, including but not limited to music in and for film, television, games and the internet are welcomed and encouraged. Proposals with brief abstracts (250 words) for papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 21 February 2014.
Professor Claudia Gorbman of the University of Washington Tacoma has been confirmed as the keynote speaker for the Music for Audio-Visual Media Conference on 4-6 September 2014, in parallel with the Royal Musical Association Annual Conference.
Professor Gorbman, whose seminal text Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music is viewed as fundamental to the establishment of film-music studies, will speak on the ‘heardness’ in contemporary film and television, with particular attention given to the foregrounding of music by directors.
‘We are delighted that Professor Gorbman has accepted our invitation to deliver a keynote address and join our conference panel’, said co-organiser Ian Sapiro. ‘She is recognized internationally as one of the leading scholars of film-music, and it is wonderful that she is coming to speak in the UK, where we have such a vibrant film-music community.’
The second edition of Unheard Melodies is due for release in 2016.
London-based media specialist FX Rentals has been awarded a contract for the digitization of the magnetic tapes in the Trevor Jones Collection following a competitive tendering process. Delivery of the reels of tape to FX will take place in early November, with the whole job due for completion by July 2014 in line with the overall project schedule.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Laura Anderson as the Trevor Jones Project PDRF, and the award of the Project PhD studentship to Sarah Hall.