The Visual Music Film

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, The Visual Music Film explores the concept and expression of musicality in the visual music film, in which moving image presentations are given musical attributes such as rhythmical form, structure and harmony. Drawing on the analogy of the absolute in music to demonstrate how musical concepts can function across the disciplinary boundaries of music and film, the first half of this book illustrates how musical ideas can be applied to the moving image in order to elucidate the musical characteristics of the text. The second part of this book concentrates less on the philosophical vestiges carried over from musical thought to the visual music film, instead focusing on the variety of techniques and technological developments that evolved in tandem with the visual music film, each simultaneously exerting an influence on one another.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-49282-1
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-49281-4
Publication statusPublished - 04 Sep 2015

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • Visual Music
  • Oskar Fischinger
  • Jordan Belson
  • Viking Eggeling
  • Animation
  • Hans Richter
  • John Whitney
  • James Whitney
  • Norman McLaren
  • Modernism
  • Music
  • Absolute Music
  • Experimental Film
  • Experimental Animation
  • Film Music
  • Guy Sherwin


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