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SingingOut: The Musical Voice in Audiovisual Media

  From the musical numbers ofThe Jazz Singerand the reality drama of BBC
2’sThe Choir, through to the playback stars of commercial Hindi cinema
and the competitive performance of karaoke video games,singinghas and
continues to play a central and special role in multimedia. The act
ofsingingemphasises the gendered, raced, aged, and classed body, and the
identifying markers of the voice itself. It draws attention to vocal
production in a way that is not only sonically compelling, but also
often emotionally acute. It can heighten communication, act as an aid to
memory and product placement, and invite judgement from both
professional and armchair critics – something the TV talent show has
commodified as entertainment in itself.Singingboth demarcates and breaks
down textual and conceptual boundaries: between narrative and number;
professional and amateur; transparency and manipulation; authenticity
and the performative; and pathos and camp. As Laing (2000) argues, song
‘transfigures’ speech: it offers both performers and listeners an
intensity of experience, of emotion, of being that gives it a special
status both on the soundtrack and in the circulation of musical texts
outside it.

The collection will explore a broad range ofsingingvoices and sung
moments, from lavish musical sequences to the ‘artless’singingdiscussed
by Gorbman (2011), and from television and cinema through to video
games, online and mobile platforms, advertising, and multimedia
installation work.


This is an all-singingand open call for submissions, but possible topics
might include:

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     Voice casting (especially in animation)

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     Vocal pedagogy and training for multimedia work

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     Dubbing/playbacksinging(from both aesthetic and technical perspectives)

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     Star voices and vocal recognisability

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     Historical and cultural shifts insingingstyle

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     Drag as vocal performance

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     Singingin reality media

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     Singingas musical and audiovisual genre marker (vocal styles,
     musicals,singingcowboys,film noir)

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     Choruses and communalsingingon screen

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     Singingas mimicry or uncannysinging

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     Participatorysingingforms and genres

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     Singingas and in entertainment

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     Technologies of thesingingvoice

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     Singingas narrative device, structural marker, or element of
     characterisation

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     Sung voices as signifiers of identity

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     Singingand singers as creative impetus or stimulation

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     Singingand songs as idents, jingles, and theme tunes

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     Singingacross cultural and national borders

We invite contributions from film, media, cultural studies, and music
researchers, creative practitioners, and industry professionals, and are
keen to hear from as broad and representative a range of voices as possible.

Formal proposal (c. 300 words) to be submitted by 1st May, 2021
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final timeline for the project will be confirmed after discussion with
the publisher, but chapters will be due during spring 2022.


Informal enquiries can be sent to either of the co-editors:
Dr Catherine Haworth ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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