Film, Music, Memory
Film, Music, Memory
Hoeckner examines films that reflect directly on memory, whether by featuring an amnesic character, a traumatic event, or a surge of nostalgia. As the history of cinema unfolded, movies even began to recall their own history through quotations, remakes, and stories about how cinema contributed to the soundtrack of people’s lives. Ultimately, Film, Music, Memory demonstrates that music has transformed not only what we remember about the cinematic experience, but also how we relate to memory itself.
"Film, Music, Memory convinces by skillfully demonstrating the theoretical implications of its titular 'triad' through the keen analysis of select examples from films. Hoeckner impressively guides his readers with though the issues arising from these films by navigating with commanding elegance the complex terrain between philosophy, psychology, cultural theory, musicology, as well as cinema and media studies. Not least, the book’s design is exquisite, with numerous figures and musical examples meticulously illustrating observations in the text."
MEDIENwissenschaft (translated from the original German)
"Film, Music, Memory is superb. There are no books in soundtrack studies that are remotely like it, as it approaches film music from the angle of memory and its representation in film. Hoeckner shows us how images and situations stick to music, and this stickiness is why music is so adept at recalling characters and ideas, but more importantly it is why music is absolutely crucial to cinematic representations of memory."
James Buhler, author of Theories of the Soundtrack
"The musical evocation and manipulation of memories has become a recurring and increasingly popular theme in modern film scoring; this book is a striking and distinctive exploration of how music shapes notions of our past and our present as refracted through film. Drawing on a remarkable depth of knowledge, Hoeckner puts forward several innovative theoretical tools to provide us with a new manner of engaging with how music, media, and memory interact."
Daniel Goldmark, editor of The Grove Music Guide to American Film Music
"Hoeckner's book offers a set of meticulous and original readings of films across a wide spectrum of cinema and a thesis linking recorded film music with broader work on memory. This is a major intervention in film sound, opening ears to the work of memory that recorded and synchronized sound make possible within and between films as varied as Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema and Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam. For film buffs and audio professionals as well as film scholars, Film, Music, Memory will be a constant source of new inspirations."
Sean Cubitt, author of Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies
Table of Contents
Part 1 Storage
1 Record Recollections
2 Tertiary Rememories
Part 2 Retrieval
3 Double Projections
4 Auratic Replays
5 Panoramic Flashbacks
Part 3 Affect
6 Freudian Fixations
7 Affective Attachments