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Out of the Frame: Live-Score Film Screenings and the Cinematic Experience

Barham, Jeremy (2020) Out of the Frame: Live-Score Film Screenings and the Cinematic Experience In: Oxford Handbook of Cinematic Listing. Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford.

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This chapter considers the philosophy of live-score film screenings in contexts of filmic diegesis, representation, and illusion. These performances hybridize categories of spatial co-presence/absence and temporal simultaneity/anteriority in media communication, disrupting the balance between audio-visual documenting and constructing of a posited prior event. They revisit a pre-sound-era aesthetic which by nature resisted the modernist need for a centered subject position and a uniform spectatorial space in which all sounds must appear to emanate from the screen. Such cinematic listening experiences undermine theories of film as cohesive illusion by inscribing the “real” (live music) into what is “represented.” Live ensembles conjure up the dramaturgical fantasy space of the operatic orchestra pit, hindering recipients’ “disavowal of the apparatus” and yet increasing the sense of film’s Aristotelian mimetic enactment, rather than its distanced diegetic recounting. This practice invites us to rethink ideas of diegesis and music’s role in creating filmic worlds.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
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Date : 29 February 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords : Film; Cinema; Film Music; Diegesis; Live Score; Representation; Illusion Theory
Depositing User : James Marshall
Date Deposited : 18 Mar 2020 15:33
Last Modified : 18 Mar 2020 15:33

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