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Music and the Moving Image Conference XVI

COVID-19 Updates on Music and the Moving Image Conference

Due to COVID-19 related concerns and regular updates we receive from both New York State and New York City government as well as NYU leadership, we have made the decision to convert the Music and the Moving Image Conference to a remote format for the summer of 2020. For more information about how this impacts the conference, please follow the link below to a designated coronavirus FAQs page.

Blake Neely
Conference at NYU Steinhardt:
Thursday, May 28 - Sunday, May 31, 2020

The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference encourages submissions from scholars and practitioners that explore the relationship between the entire universe of moving images (film, television, video games, iPhone, computer, and live performances) and that of music and sound through paper presentations. We encourage submissions from multidisciplinary teams that have been pooling their knowledge to solve problems or come up with a new perspective regarding music and moving images.

The Keynote Speaker is Blake Neely (Composer for the DC Universe: The Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends of Tomorrow. IMDB) He an award-winning composer, whose work spans film, television, and the concert world. He has scored more than 30 television series and 15 films. He has received three Emmy Award nominations for his scores to ABC’s Pan Am, the HBO mini-series The Pacific, and for his main title theme from the series Everwood.

The MaMI program committee includes Daniel Goldmark — Case Western Reserve University (Tunes for ‘Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon; California, 2005, Korngold and His World; Princeton, 2019), Jessica Shine — Cork Institute of Technology (Compilation Score and Transdiegetic Music: How Music Helps Give Voice to the Voiceless’; McFarland, 2018, “One Minute of Everything at Once”: How Music Shapes the World of BBC’s Peaky Blinders (2013)’. Musicology Research, 2017), Kate GallowayRensselaer Polytechnic Institute ("Soundwalking and the Aurality of Stardew Valley: An Ethnography of Listening to and Interacting with Environmental Game Audio;” Routledge, 2019, “Remixing the Environment: Climate Change, Rhythm Science, and DJ Spooky’s Digging in the Landscapes;” Oxford, 2019.), John Covach — Eastman School of Music (What's That Sound? An Introduction to Rock and Its History, 5th edition (Norton, 2018); The Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones (Cambridge University Press, 2019)) and co-editors of Music and the Moving Image, Gillian B. Anderson — orchestral conductor (Rosita at the Venice Film Festival, Composing for the Cinema, Music for Silent Film 1892-1929: A Guide); and Assoc. Professor, Director & Chair, Ron Sadoff — New York University (The Moon and the Son / Co-editor of Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound).

This year’s conference will run for three days, from Friday May 29 - Sunday, May 31, with sessions until Sunday evening. The conference will run prior to the NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (June 1–13, 2020).

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About the Keynote Speaker: Blake Neely

Blake Neely is an award-winning composer, whose work spans film, television and the concert world. He has scored more than 30 television series and 15 films. He has received three Emmy Award nominations for his scores to ABC’s Pan Am, the HBO mini-series The Pacific, and for his main title theme from the series Everwood. Born in Paris, Texas, he found music at the early age of four on the family piano. With piano teachers encouraging him to learn the classics but also write his own, he quickly found a passion for composing. After being rejected from music school at the University of Texas, he was driven to teach himself and pursue a career in music. In addition to his own projects, Neely has worked as a co-composer, conductor, and orchestrator with such masters as Michael Kamen, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and Vangelis. He has been a featured lecturer on film music at the Sundance Institute, University of Southern California, Columbia College, UCLA, Hollywood Music Workshop Vienna, Conservatory of Music Puerto Rico, NYU, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is a board member of  Education Through Music Los Angeles. And he is also the author of “Piano for Dummies.” Neely’s studio, Cow On the Wall, is located in Los Angeles.

Fees and Registration

Registration is now open.

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2020 Costs & Fees:

$200 (Regular Registration)

$85 (Student Registration)

Refund Policy (updated 4/7/20 in response to COVID-19 and NYU’s move to remote learning)
  • Full refund - If NYU cancels the conference, a full refund will be issued.
  • Partial refund - If a registrant cancels, we will refund all except the CVENT fees: 7.5% credit card fee (of total charges) and $5 processing fee.

If you need to cancel your attendance to the conference please inform ASAP of the cancellation request and Cc Be sure to include your reason for cancellation.

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We appreciate the generous support of scholarships provided by the Film Music Foundation (FMF), a nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation that promotes appreciation of the art and craft of film music through education, filmed interviews, scholarly research and writing, and film scoring workshops for students.