Ghost singers

the singing voice in Korean pop cinema

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Abstract

This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, considers how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Typically heard in song, the singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as protagonist, as narrator, as communicator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct genre that focuses on the conceptualization and synchronization of the singing voice in the post-War era. It explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe singing voice in contemporary cinema
EditorsDiane Hughes, Mark Evans
PublisherEquinox
Chapter6
ISBN (Electronic)9781781797389
ISBN (Print)9781781794456, 9781781791127
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Sep 2019

Publication series

NameGenre, Music and Sound
PublisherEquinox

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