The beseeching tone: The 'Musifex' of Barry Gray and their implications for composers

Evans, François ORCID: (2014) The beseeching tone: The 'Musifex' of Barry Gray and their implications for composers. In: Music for Audio Visual Media, 4-6 Sept 2014, University of Leeds. .

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International audiences of the 60s and 70s were enthralled by the British sci-fi film and TV productions of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson; with series such as 'Stingray', 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scarlet', 'Joe 90', 'UFO' and 'Space: 1999'. This is surprising, given that their characters were often puppets of wood and string. Listeners were seized by a sound world contrived to command plausibility.

With direct reference to original hand-written scores and studio recordings of Barry Gray, Dr Evans reveals this composer’s electroacoustic working methods; clarifies how subverting diegetic boundaries enabled stories to be told and proposes a re-evaluation of Gray’s work as a bridge for composers today, between diegetic, non-diegetic, pitch-based acoustic music and spectromorphology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): barry gray, film music, electronic music
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Music group
Item ID: 16985
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Depositing User: Francois Evans
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 05:27

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