Composing By Numbers? Reading RKO’s Music Department through its archives


  • 5.15pm

  • Alison House, Lecture Room A
    12 Nicolson Street
    Edinburgh
    EH8 9DF

Led by Catherine Haworth (University of Huddersfield)

This paper considers the role of archival sources in film musicology through a series of snapshots from the escapades of ‘The Falcon’ – RKO Radio Picture’s premier gentleman adventurer, who starred in thirteen all-action, all-romance B movies released by the studio during the 1940s. Drawing on materials from RKO’s archive at the University of California, Los Angeles, Catherine considers the relationship between process documentation and textual analysis in film music studies, and how this might affect our understanding of both B film production and the studio music department in classical Hollywood.

Free to attend. Open to all.

Part of the Music Research Seminar Series 2017/18.

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