(Call) Aniki | Volume 5 Number 1 (January 2018)

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Call for Publications
June 15, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Music and Music History

Thematic section "Music and sound in silent cinema"
Guest editor: Manuel Deniz Silva (INET-MD, New University of Lisbon)
Deadline: 15 June 2017

This thematic section of Aniki: Portuguese Journal of the Moving Image will welcome any contributions that address the wide range of music and sound practices in silent cinema, from a variety of perspectives and in different geographical contexts. Aniki will consider proposals on the following topics, among others:

  • Music and sound practices in the silent film era;
  • The importance of musical and sound accompaniment in the rediscovery and reinterpretation of silent cinema;
  • The deployment of contemporary aesthetic forms (avant-garde, experimental, minimalist, jazz, techno, pop music, etc.) in the accompaniment of silent cinema;
  • Performance contexts, apparatuses and forms in the musical accompaniment of silent films;
  • Composers, conductors, orchestras and instrumental ensembles specializing in the accompaniment of silent cinema;
  • Silent cinema and practices of music improvisation;
  • The cataloguing, editing and reconstruction of original music scores and cue-sheets;
  • Practices of selection and compilation of pre-existing musical accompaniment of silent films;
  • The creation of libraries, manuals and anthologies devoted to the accompaniment of silent film;
  • Sound effects and sound design in silent cinema;
  • Silent cinema and mechanical sound reproduction technology (gramophones, mechanical pianos);
  • Spoken word in silent cinema (conferences, film narration by actors);
  • Silent cinema and songs;
  • Silent cinema and dance music;
  • Silent cinema and opera;
  • Relations between music and narrative in silent cinema;
  • Critical reception of the musical accompaniment of silent films;
  • Music and sound in the specialist film press;
  • The use of musical concepts and terminology in discourses on silent cinema (rhythm, harmony, symphony, counterpoint);
  • The representation of listening or performing situations in silent films;
  • Singers and musicians as silent film actors;
  • The organization of the work of musicians in cinema theatres prior to the transition to sound;
  • The use of musical sources in the restoration process of silent films.


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