Inter-planetary soundclash: music, technology and territorialisation in Mars attacks!

Philip Hayward*

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This article concentrates on one particular textual and thematic cluster within the Hollywood feature film Mars Attacks! (1996), Tim Burton's big-budget homage to Cold-War era Science Fiction cinema - the affectivity and significance of musical sounds (and sound technologies). In particular, with reference to the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (1987) 1 and the application of aspects of their work to uses of music in contemporary cinema in Murphie (1996); 2 it considers the role of sound passages (and their associations) as territorialising refrains which eventually clash to produce the film's narrative denouement. 3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-58
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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