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The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media surveys the contemporary landscape of audiovisual media. Contributors to the volume look not only to changes brought by digital innovations, but to the complex social and technological past that informs, and is transformed by, new media. This collection is conceived as a series of dialogues and inquiries by leading scholars from both image- and sound-based disciplines. Chapters explore the history and the future of moving-image media across a range of formats including blockbuster films, video games, music videos, social media, digital visualization technologies, experimental film, documentaries, video art, pornography, immersive theater, and electronic music. Sound, music, and noise emerge within these studies as integral forces within shifting networks of representation.
The essays in this collection span a range of disciplinary approaches (film studies, musicology, philosophy, cultural studies, the digital humanities) and subjects of study (Iranian documentaries, the Twilight franchise, military combat footage, and Lady Gaga videos). Thematic sections and direct exchanges among authors facilitate further engagement with the debates invoked by the text.
Carol Vernallis teaches film and media studies at Stanford University, and is author of Experiencing Music Video and Unruly Media: YouTube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema, and co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics.
Amy Herzog is Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at The CUNY Graduate Center, and Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, CUNY. She is the author of Dreams of Difference, Sounds of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film.
John Richardson is Professor of Musicology at the University of Turku, Finland. He is the author of An Eye for Music: Popular Music and the Audiovisual Surreal and Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass's Akhnaten. Richardson has published widely on audiovisual media, popular music and cultural musicology. He is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics.