Special issue of The Soundtrack on 'Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media'

deadline for submissions: 
August 10, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer O'Meara

Special issue of The Soundtrack on ‘Sound and Music in Emerging Audiovisual Media’

At a time when technology routinely alters audiovisual media at the levels of production, distribution and reception, this theme issue of The Soundtrack will consider the impact of the digital landscape on the various relationships between sound, music and moving images. The issue aims to bring together scholars and practitioners with expertise in sound studies, digital media and music, in order to explore topics such as tech-influenced developments in the music video, the emergence of the ‘visual album’ format, and sound quality on streaming platforms and in virtual reality and reworked media (such as audiovisual essays).

For example, how does the recent popularity of lip-syncing as entertainment fit with previous models of audiovisual synchronisation? Does this trend, which includes the cable television show Lip Sync Battle (2015—), complicate previous scholarship on the relationship between the voice and the body on the soundtrack, such as Rick Altman’s (1980) analysis of ‘cinema as ventriloquism’? What is the sonic impact of the shift towards consuming moving image media on sites such as Netflix, and using laptops and portable devices? How have technological developments facilitated a new wave of music videos; such as Björk’s 360-degree virtual reality video for ‘Stonemilker’ (2015)? And why, in the words of Sony Interactive’s audio director, Garry Taylor, can badly implemented audio ‘seriously hinder people’s acceptance of their virtual reality’?

Reflecting on such changes, articles will ideally reassess the relevance of conclusions previously drawn about the links between sound, music and moving images, while using broader theories of technology and digital culture to develop modified approaches for analysing these links. Authors are welcome to generate their own research topic, although submissions which address the following subjects are particularly encouraged:

-          New trends in audiovisual synchronisation

-          New developments in the music video

-          The relationship between ‘visual albums’ and cinema  

-          Sound and digital streaming

-          Sound and reworked audiovisual media 

-             Sound and virtual reality



Please send abstracts of 300-400 words and a short bio to guest editor, Dr Jennifer O’Meara, at emergingaudiovisualmedia@gmail.com by August 10th 2016.


Expressions of interest and inquiries regarding potential topics are also welcome.


Full articles should be 6,000-8,000 words in length.


About The Soundtrack:

The Soundtrack is a peer-reviewed journal published by Intellect. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the journal brings together research in the area of music and sound in relation to film and other moving image media.


Publication timeline:  

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: August 10th 2016

Applicants notified: August 24th 2016

Full articles due: November 2016

Final articles due: April/May 2017