Music, Representation, and the History of the Body
Author: Richard Leppert
Pubpsher: Univ of California Press
Richard Leppert boldly examines the social meanings of music as these have been shaped not only by hearing but also by seeing music in performance. His purview is the northern European bourgeoisie, principally in England and the Low Countries, from 1600 to 1900. And his particular interest is the relation of music to the human body. He argues that musical practices, invariably linked to the body, are inseparable from the prevailing discourses of power, knowledge, identity, desire, and sexuality. With the support of 100 illustrations, Leppert addresses music and the production of racism, the hoarding of musical sound in a culture of scarcity, musical consumption and the policing of gender, the domestic piano and misogyny, music and male anxiety, and the social silencing of music. His unexpected yoking of musicology and art history, in particular his original insights into the relationships between music, visual representation, and the history of the body, make exciting reading for scholars, students, and all those interested in society and the arts.
Suggestions for Practitioners Working with Deaf-blind Adults
Author: Dona Sauerburger
Pubpsher: American Foundation for the Blind
Independence without Sight or Sound covers the essential aspects of communicating and working with deaf-blind adults--individuals who have both vision and hearing loss. Written in a personal and informal style, it is filled with practical information for any professional who works with someone who is deaf-blind, such as how to talk with someone who is deaf-blind, how deaf-blind people can communicate with strangers and interact with people in public, and how they can overcome isolation and assert control over their own life. Written by an expert in orientation and mobility, this guide emphasizes adapting orientation and mobility techniques for deaf-blind travelers.
Release on 1997-07-01 | by Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (U.S.)
Author: Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center (U.S.)
Pubpsher: ASCE Publications
Category: Technology & Engineering
Prepared by the Highway Innovative Technology Evaluation Center, a CERF Service Center. This report describes a HITEC evaluation of the Sight and Sound Screen System, manufactured by U.S. Gypsum Co., covering 11 performance issues. The Sight and Sound Screen (sold under the name of Ultrascreen) is a post-and-panel wall system designed to act as a sight and sound barrier for highways and as a privacy system for residential and commercial property owners. This report details the test procedures and analysis used to evaluate the system and provides the results. When the results are compared to the results presented in Guidelines for Evaluating the Performance of Highway Sound Barriers, the evaluating panel concluded that the Sight and Sound Screen meets or exceeds all of the applicable evaluation criteria. Prospective users should review these findings for applicability to their local conditions and standards.
Period costume dramas are major box-office commodities, exploiting the lucrative gap between blockbusters and art films with their mixture of rich visuals, popular sensibility, and literary association. "Heritage cinema" is all too often discussed from literary (not cinematic) perspectives, and criticism of the films has long been overshadowed by the question of a film's fidelity (or lack of) to the original text. This volume of essays redresses the balance by examining the relationship between literature and film, representing both the view--and the critics of the view--that heritage cinema's elaborate aesthetics owe more to nostalgia than to historical accuracy. In her introduction to the volume, Ginette Vincendeau makes a case for the genre as an important and critically neglected form of popular cinema. Film / Literature / Heritage includes discussions of a wide selection of adaptations from Shakespeare to William Burroughs, as well as interviews with the screenwriters and adaptors of major films from Elizabeth to LA Confidential, and directors from Martin Scorsese to Peter Greenaway. Contributors are drawn from the best industry, academic, literary, and journalistic commentators on both sides of the Atlantic.
In The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films, Peter Rothbart examines a handful of motion pictures to convey how a variety of elements work together to create a singular experience. Rothbart considers the aural and visual aspects of five representative films: West Side Story, Psycho, Empire of the Sun, Altered States, and American Beauty. After reviewing the various roles that music can serve in a film, as well as an overview of the film scoring process, the book looks at each film, examining them one musical cue at a time, so that the reader can watch the film while reading about each cue in real time. This unique analysis makes The Synergy of Film and Music a fascinating and instructive volume that both casual viewers and students of cinema will appreciate.