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Dr Emilio Audissino PhD

Honorary Fellow

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Dr Emilio Audissino is an Honorary Fellow in Film at the University of Southampton.

A film scholar and a film musicologist, Emilio Audissino holds a BA Hons from the University of Genoa, an MA in Film Studies from the University of Turin, an MBA in Arts Administration from the Luigi Bocconi University, Milan, and two PhDs, one in History of Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Pisa and one in Film Studies from the University of Southampton. He spent research and study periods in Boston, U.S.A., Paris, France, and was Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A. In 2013 he won a three-year ‘Vice-Chancellor's Award in Film’ at the University of Southampton to finance his post-doc research on a multi-disciplinary approach to the analysis of music in films. He has taught film history, technique and theory at the Universities of Genoa, Southampton, and West London, and History and Aesthetics of Film Dubbing at UNINT, Università degli Studi Internazionali of Rome in the 2017/2018 academic year.

Dr Audissino’s areas of expertise are mainly Hollywood and Italian cinema, and his interests are film history, film analysis, film style and technique, comedy, horror, and sound and music in films. He has published journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedia entries on the history and analysis of films, spanning from the silent era to contemporary cinema. He is the author of the monograph John Williams's Film Music: 'Jaws', 'Star Wars', 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), the first book-length study in English on the composer John Williams. His new book Film/Music Analysis. A Film Studies Approach (Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) is the fruit of his post-doc research at Southampton and concerns a method to analyse music in films that blends Neoformalism and Gestalt Psychology. His current and forthcoming research commitments deal with horror films (Dario Argento, Mario Bava, zombie films, slasher horrors) and comedy (the cinema of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker).

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Works in progress/Forthcoming

CONFERENCE REPORT: ‘Innovation and Tensions: Italian Cinema and Media in a Global World, First International Conference, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies.’ Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies 6 (1): 147-51.

EDITED BOOK: John Williams. Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage. Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Review of Angela Ida De Benedictis and Franco Monteleone’s La musica alla radio 1924-1954. Storia, effetti, contestiin prospettiva europea.’ Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies 6 (2): forthcoming.

BOOK CHAPTER: 'Damaging a Film; Rediscovering a Film; Reinventing a Film. The Case of Nosferatu and Its Multiple Musical Lives.' In Music and Sound in Silent Cinema: From the Nickelodeon to The Artist, edited by Ruth Barton and Simon Trezise. New York/Oxon: Routledge, 2018.

ANNOTATED INTERVIEW (with Frank Lehman): ‘John Williams and Film Music on the Concert Stage. An Interview with Maestro Keith Lockhart.’ In John Williams. Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage, edited by Emilio Audissino . Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

BOOK CHAPTER: ‘John Williams Studies: An Assessment.’ In John Williams. Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage, edited by Emilio Audissino . Turnhout: Brepols, 2018.

CD BOOKLET: ‘Earl Wild and American Popular Music.’ In Earl Wild. The Complete Transcriptions and Original Piano Works. Volume 3, Giovanni Doria Miglietta, pianist. London: Piano Classics, 2018.

EDITED BOOK (with Emile Wennekes): When Jazz Meets Cinema. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019.

BOOK CHAPTER: ‘Jazz and Hollywood Cinema: The Case of John Williams.’ In When Jazz Meets Cinema, edited by Emile Wennekes and Emilio Audissino. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019.

BOOK CHAPTER: 'The Final Girls (2015) as a Video Essay: A Metalinguistic Play with Genre and Gender Conventions.' In Gender and Horror, edited by Samantha Holland, Steven Gerrard, Robert Shail. Bingley: Emerald Publishing, work in progress.

JOURNAL ARTICLE: 'Mario Bava and the Slasher Horror. A Stylistic, Narrative and Thematic Comparison of Bay of Blood and Friday the 13th', work in progress.

BOOK CHAPTER: 'The Sound of The Uncanny: The Narrative Role of Music in Profondo Rosso.' In Scoring Italian Cinema. Patterns of Collaboration, edited by Giorgio Biancorosso and Roberto Calabretto. New York: Routledge, work in progress.

BOOK CHAPTER: ‘“Fifty Percent of the Film’s Success.” The Music of Jaws.’ In Jaws, edited by Ian Hunter. New York: Bloomsbury, work in progress.

Books

2017. Film/Music Analysis. A Film Studies Approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 255 pp.

2014. John Williams's Film Music. 'Jaws,' 'Star Wars,' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark,' and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 346 pp.

2010. L'infanzia nel cinema di Steven Spielberg [Childhood in Steven Spielberg's Cinema]. Imperia, Italy: Ennepilibri, 90 pp. (Italian).

Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Encyclopedia Entries (Peer Reviewed)

2017. 'John Williams and Contemporary Film Music.' In Contemporary Film Music. Investigating Cinema Narratives and Composition, edited by Lindsay Coleman and Joakim Tillman, 221-236. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

2017. 'A Gestalt Approach to the Analysis of Music in Films.' Musicology Research 2 'Music on Screen. From Cinema Screens to Touchscreens' (Spring 2017): 69-88, http://www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/publications/emilioaudissino-agestaltapproachtotheanalysisofmusicinfilm

2016. 'Archival Research and the Study of the Concert Presentations of Film Music. The Case of John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.' The Journal of Film Music 6 (2): 147-173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1558/jfm.v6i2.30701.

2016. 'Gottfried Huppertz's Metropolis. The Acme of “Cinema Music.”' In Today's Sounds for Yesterday's Films. Making Music for Silent Cinema, edited by K.J. Donnelly and Ann-Kristin Wallengren, 45-63. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mac Millan.

2015. 'Due note di credibilita'. John Williams e Lo squalo' [Two Notes of Credibility. John Williams and Jaws]. Cinergie 7 (March): 36-44  (Italian). http://www.cinergie.it/cinergie-n7.pdf

2014. 'Bicycles, Airplanes and Peter Pans: Flying Scenes in Steven Spielberg's Films.' CINEJ Cinema Journal 3 (2): 103-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2014.111

2014. 'Film Music and Multimedia: An Immersive Experience and a Throwback to the Past'. In Jahrbuch Immersiver Medien 2014: Sounds, Music & Soundscapes, edited by Patrick Rupert-Kruse, 46-56. Marburg: Schüren Verlag.

2014. 'Overruling a Romantic Prejudice. Forms and Formats of Film Music in Concert Programs.' In Film in Concert, Film Scores and their Relation to Classical Concert Music, edited by Sebastian Stoppe, 25-43. Glücksstadt: VWH Verlag.

2014. 'Golden Age 2.0: John Williams and the Revival of the Symphonic Film Score.' In Film in Concert, Film Scores and their Relation to Classical Concert Music, edited by Sebastian Stoppe, 109-123. Glücksstadt: VWH Verlag.

2014. 'Dubbing as a Formal Interference. Reflections and Examples.' In Media and Translation: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Dror Abend-David, 97-118. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

2013. 'Hollywood Film Music and Ethnic Diversity.' In Multicultural America. A Multimedia Encyclopedia, edited by Carlos E. Cortés, 1101-1103. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

2013. 'Motion Pictures.' In Multicultural America. A Multimedia Encyclopedia, edited by Carlos E. Cortés, 1492-1496. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

2013. 'The Aesthetic Cost of Marketing. The Economical Motivation of Pop Songs in Films.' In Pratiques et esthétiques. Le coût et la gratuité. Tome 3, edited by Catherine Naugrette, 41-46. Paris, France: L'Harmattan.

2012. 'Italian Doppiaggio. Dubbing in Italy: Some Notes and (In)famous examples.' Italian Americana 30 (1): 22-32.

2012. 'John Williams, The Boston Pops Orchestra and Film Music in Concert.' In Cinema, critique des images, edited by Claudia D’Alonzo, Ken Slock, and Philippe Dubois, 230-35. Udine, Italy: Campanotto.

2011. 'John Williams, Star Wars and the Canonization of Hollywood Film Music.' In Il Canone Cinematografico/The Film Canon, edited by Pietro Bianchi, Giulio Bursi, and Simone Venturini, 273-78.  Udine, Italy: Forum.

Short Articles

2015. 'Largo ai grandi vecchi. Il ritorno di Ennio Morricone e John Williams. [Make way to the Elderly Greats. The Return of John Williams and Ennio Morricone].' Artintime, December, 26-27,  (Italian). http://issuu.com/artintime/docs/dicembre_def_def_def

2014. 'How One Man Changed the Landscape of Film Music.' The Conversation, online, http://theconversation.com/how-one-man-changed-the-landscape-of-film-music-29191.

2012. 'Italians and the Oscars.' Italian Americana, Spring Web Issue,  http://www.academia.edu/3826441/Italians_and_the_Oscars.

2011. '''Se l'avventura ha un nome, questo dev'essere John Williams.'' Le musiche di Tintin. [“If Adventure has a name, it must be John Williams.” Tintin's Music].' Filmcritica, December,  518-526 (Italian).

2011. 'Il terrore viene dagli abissi. John Williams e la musica de Lo Squalo. [Dread from the Abyss. John Williams and the Jaws Score].' Almanacco Horror Magazine, Summer, 116-119 (Italian).

2011. 'A Tribute to Nino Rota.' Italian Americana, Spring Web Issue,  https://www.academia.edu/4786572/A_Tribute_to_Nino_Rota.

2011. 'Bernard Herrmann e il suono della paura. [Bernard Herrmann and the Sound of Fear].' Almanacco Horror Magazine, Spring, 116-119 (Italian).

2010. 'Metropolis, una storia infinita. [Metropolis, a Never-ending Story].' Filmcronache, October/December, 44-53 (Italian).

2010. 'La lunga stagione dei vampiri. [Vampires' Long Season].' Filmcronache, January/March, 38-45 (Italian).

Conference Papers and Lectures

2017, conference paper. 'Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker: New Hollywood's “Zany Godards.”' The American New Wave: A Retrospective, conference at the Bangor University, UK, 4 July 2017.

2017, conference paper. 'Bringing The Nanny to the Italian Audience. Dubbing as Adaptation and Assimilation.' Journal for Italian Cinema and Media Studies conference, American University of Rome, Italy, 10 June 2017.

2017, keynote address. 'Jazz, Hollywood Cinema, and John Williams.' When Jazz Meets Cinema conference, Lovere, Italy, 6 May 2017.

2016, conference paper. 'Film Music in Concert. The Case of the Boston Pops Orchestra.' Society for American Music 42nd annual conference, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A., 10 March 2016.

2015, conference paper. 'Archival Research and the Study of the Concert Presentations of Film Music.' Audio-Visual Archives conference, the British Library, 18 July 2015. 

2015, conference paper. 'The "Ancrage" Effect of Film on Music in Film-Music Concert Pieces.' Listening Cinematically conference, Royal Holloway, University of London, 25 June 2015.

2014, conference paper. 'When the Score Tells More: Music and Connotations in Raiders of the Lost Ark', 20th SERCIA Conference 'Movies and Music: National and Transnational Approaches'. Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 18 September 2014.

2014, conference paper. 'Building an Emotive Framework: The Macro-Emotive Function of Film Music', conference 'Music for Audio-Visual Media', University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K., 5 September 2014.

2014, conference paper. 'Creative Energy without Creative Industry: Mario Bava', NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) conference, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, 21 June 2014.

2014, conference paper. 'Orchestrating a Prejudice: European Misunderstanding of the Use of Orchestrators in Hollywood', MaMI (Music and the Moving Image) conference, New York University, Steinhardt School of Music, New York, U.S.A., 31 May 2014.

2014, conference paper. 'Film Dubbing as Adaptation and (Forced?) Assimilation', 'The Humanities 7th Annual Postgraduate Conference', University of Southampton, Southampton, U.K, 31 March 2014.

2013, conference paper. 'Il cinema è la morte al lavoro [Cinema Is Death at Work]', international conference 'Immagini della morte' [Images of Death], University of Pisa, Italy, 19 April 2013 (Italian).

2013, lecture. 'Musica per film. Proposta per un'analisi stilistica e formale [Film Music. A proposal for a Stylistic and Formalist Analysis]', study day 'Il cinema e le arti [Cinema and the Arts], University of Pisa, Italy, 8 March 2013.

2011, conference paper. 'Émigrés and Hollywood Film Music: The Cases of Max Steiner's Casablanca and Erich Wolfgang Korngold's The Adventures of Robin Hood', 12th International Conference 'Da Ulisse a... In viaggio verso le terre felici.' [From Ulysses To... Journeys to the Lands of Happiness], University of Genoa, Imperia, Italy, 8 October 2011.

2011, lecture. 'Émigrés and the Political Connotations of Hollywood Music: Two Case Studies', doctoral seminar 'Migrazioni e Migranti' [Migrations and Migrants], University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, 30 June 2011.

2011, conference paper. 'Il cinema: arte e mercificazione. Il caso delle colonne sonore ''pop'' [Cinema: Art and Commodity. The Case of the ''Pop'' Soundtracks]', international doctoral Summer School 'Arts and Media 2' organised by the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 in San Servolo (Venice), 6 June 2011.

2010, conference paper. 'The Meaning of Flight in Steven Spielberg's Films', 11th International Conference 'Da Ulisse a... Il viaggio aereo tra fantasia e realtà' [From Ulysses To... Air Travelling between Fantasy and Reality], University of Genoa, Imperia, Italy, 9 October 2010.

2010, conference paper. 'John Williams, the Boston Pops Orchestra and Film Music in Concert', 12th International Doctoral Summer School 'Cinema and Contemporary Art 3,' Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Paris, France, 6 July 2010.

2010, conference paper. 'John Williams, Star Wars, and the Canonization of Hollywood Film Music', 17th International Film Studies Conference 'Film Forum,' Udine, Italy, 17 March 2010.

2009, conference paper. 'Il cinema, l'automobile e la morte al lavoro [Cinema, Cars and Death at Work]', 10th International Conference 'Da Ulisse a... Il viaggio in auto: mito e attualità' [From Ulysses To... Car Travelling: Myth and Contemporaneity], University of Genoa, Imperia, Italy, 3 October 2009 (Italian).

Dr Emilio Audissino
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom
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