Scenes from Ozu

Hughes, Ed (2019) Scenes from Ozu. In: Barton, Ruth and Tresize, Simon (eds.) Music and sound in silent film: from the Nickelodeon to The Artist. Routledge Music and Screen Media Series . Routledge, New York, pp. 160-173. ISBN 9781138245341

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Abstract

Between 2009 and 2013, I was commissioned by the BFI to provide musical soundtracks to 12 silent films from the period 1929–1934 by the Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (1903–1963). This experience sensitised me to Ozu’s narrative style and approach to locations, which privileges domestic spaces. This led me to develop a method in which musical episodes match spaces (rather than attaching musical tunes or leitmotifs to characters, as is more typical in standard Western film music practices). In this chapter, I focus on four of the score I wrote for this series in order to explore what it means to produce a sympathetic yet non-mimetic musical counterpoint to the visuals.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Research in Creative and Performing Arts
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML0430 Composition and performance
M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study > ML Literature on music > ML0159 History and criticism > ML3780 Music on particular topics
Depositing User: Ed Hughes
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2019 14:35
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2019 09:49
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/81195

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