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Music and the Moving Image Conference XVIII

COVID-19 Updates on Music and the Moving Image Conference

Update 12/8/2021: Due to NYU’s protective COVID-19 protocols, the 2022 MaMI Conference will be held entirely online. While we had hoped to host an entirely in-person conference, our successful experiences with running the past two MaMI conferences as virtual events means that we are fully adapted to hosting an efficient, compelling, and—dare we say—engaging event in an online modality. We look forward to offering a dynamic program of panels alongside multiple opportunities for participants to connect virtually with one another.

Online Conference at NYU Steinhardt:
Thursday, May 26 - Sunday, May 29, 2022

Call for Papers

The annual Music and the Moving Image Conference invites abstracts for paper presentations that explore the relationship between the vast universe of moving images (film, television, streaming media, video games, and advertisements) and that of music and sound. We encourage submissions from scholars and practitioners, as well as from multidisciplinary teams that have pooled their knowledge to solve problems or to develop new perspectives regarding the relationship between music and moving images. Abstracts will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, and clarity of presentation.

Keynote Address

PAUL HIRSCH (Star Wars, Mission: Impossible, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles)

Picture Editing and Music: A Marriage of Invisible Arts

Paul Hirsch is amongst the most venerable picture editors, having worked on such diverse and highly visible films as the original Star Wars (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back with George Lucas; Brian De Palma’s Blow Out (1981), Carrie (1976), and Mission: Impossible (1996); Taylor Hackford’s Ray (2004); and comedies such as Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with John Hughes. A native New Yorker, Hirsch attended The High School of Music & Art (now LaGuardia) as a music major.

Keynote Panel

The Life and Legacy of Danijela Kulezic-Wilson

Paper abstracts (up to 250 words) should be submitted no later than December 17, 2021.

Submit via JotForm

In Appreciation

The Music and the Moving Image Conference would like to announce Gillian Anderson’s retirement as Co-organizer and the appointment of Katherine Spring as her replacement. A big thank you to Gillian for her 20 years of service and welcome to Katherine who is already known to many conference-goers. Gillian will be available in a consulting and supportive role, while Katherine will be responsible with Ron for running the conference.

The program committee includes:

Per F. Broman — Bowling Green State University (“From Where Does the Music Come? Musical Meaning and Musical Discourse in Ingmar Bergman’s Films,” Ingmar Bergman: An Enduring Legacy)

Lisa Coulthard — University of British Columbia ("Fist to Face: Corporeal Listening and the Cinematic Punch," The Oxford Handbook of Cinematic Listening)

Júlia Durand — NOVA University of Lisbon ("'Romantic Piano' and 'Sleazy Saxophone': Categories and Stereotypes in Library Music Catalogues," Music, Sound and the Moving Image)

Katherine Quanz — Ursinus College (“Pinewood’s Fiddler Fans Goldwyn’s Folly: London’s Battle for Post- Production Sound Business,” Voicing the Cinema: Film Music and the Integrated Soundtrack)

Stefan Swanson — New York University ("Happily Never After": William's Musical Exploration of the 'Controversial' Ending to A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," John Williams: Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage)

Katherine Spring — Wilfrid Laurier University (Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema / co-editor of Resetting the Scene: Classical Hollywood Revisited)

and Ron Sadoff — New York University (The Moon and the Son / co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound).

This year’s conference will run for four days, from Thursday, May 26 – Sunday, May 29, 2022 with sessions until Sunday evening. The conference will run prior to the NYU Film Scoring Workshop in Memory of Buddy Baker (May 30 – June 10, 2022).

E-mail for more information.

Fees and Registration

Regular Registration: $210
Student Registration: $90



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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.