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Call for Proposals

The Soundtrack Album: Listening to Media

We invite new work that will deepen and expand the discourse about
soundtrack albums. The soundtrack album endures across decades, formats
(vinyl, 8-track, cassette, compact disc), and delivery systems (radio,
physical media, online, streaming services). Perhaps the most obvious, and
yet under-examined, media paratexts, soundtrack albums have never simply
promoted a Broadway show, film, television program, video game, comic book,
or recording artist. Rather, they directly shape our understanding,
enjoyment, and criticism of the media texts they accompany. Soundtrack
albums are themselves complex media texts whose production and reception
require careful analysis. Several academic presses have expressed strong
interest this project.

We seek a global address of soundtrack albums and contributions from a
multi-disciplinary slate of authors, including children’s media scholars,
musicologists, sound studies scholars, and media industry scholars. Authors
are invited to consider the history of soundtrack albums, and how artists,
industries and listeners continue to use, define, and create such audio
material. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

•       Albums for books, broadway shows, and media beyond film and TV

•       Soundtrack albums in global contexts such as Indian filmi records

•       Disney and other children’s media albums

•       Sequel soundtrack albums such as *More Dirty Dancing*

•       The history of soundtrack album sales and promotion

•       Works such as *Judgment Night* where the film “creates” new audio

•       Fan-made (“unofficial”) soundtrack albums

•       Albums featuring music “inspired” by the film

•       Audio material that invites audiences to re-interpret (re-hear)
audio-visual media

•       Soundtrack albums whose critical and/or financial success surpasses
the film’s success

•       Albums for “concert” films such as *Woodstock* and *Wattstax*

•       Playlists, streaming audio services and emerging (re-)definitions
of the soundtrack album

•       Cult soundtrack albums for cult and non-cult films

•       Synergy and cross-promotion between audio-visual texts and albums

•       “Curated” soundtrack albums by artists such as RZA and Trent Reznor

•       Soundtrack albums for imaginary films such as Barry Adamson’s *Moss
Side Story*

•       Audio compiliations that include music from more than one film or
TV program

For consideration, please provide a brief bio and 400-600 word proposal via
this Google form: no later than
August 1, 2017. Please contact Paul N. Reinsch ([log in to unmask]) or
Laurel Westrup ([log in to unmask]) with any questions.

thanks much,

- paul

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