Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Gradin' Papers

I've finished the grading for my film music class. Here are the titles of the final research papers (in no particular order and with a few grammar mistakes corrected):

"Furry Situations: The Fulfillment of the Musical Functions Coupled with Innovations of Source Music in Disney Films as Seen in Lady and the Tramp and The Lion King"

"It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" [on the use of rock in movies]

"Compositional Signatures in Film Music: Chameleons Versus Individualists"

"The Good, the Bad, and the Cliché: Music within Spaghetti Westerns"

"The Effects of Music and Film of MTV on Teenage Relationships in America"

"Postmodernist Film Music and Back to the Future"

"The Music of A Knight's Tale: Out of Place or Placed Purposefully?"

"Popular Music and Film: Resolving the Tension" [Heavy emphasis on Highlander]

"The Evolution of Film Music: The Impact of Technology and Popular Music on Film Scoring"

"The Effect of Popular Music in Film"

"The Soundtrack Business: Destined for Success or Failure?"

"Hindi Film Music"

"So Wrong, It's Right: The Juxtaposition of Visual and Audio Elements in Film" [Heavy emphasis on Sergei Eisenstein]

"The Golden Era of Hollywood Musicals"

I just noticed how many students used complex titles. The most popular [heh!] topic was popular music, just as likely among the music majors as the other students.

Now, 23 music analysis papers, and 43 final exams.

2 comments:

Jaquandor said...

God in Heaven, you had to read a paper written on the music of Highlander? (Although in truth, the score is the only decent thing about that movie.)

Scott Spiegelberg said...

It was a very good paper. The student researched how the use of previously-record popular music in films can create a tension that destroys the illusion, and how Highlander avoided this problem by having Queen write original songs for the movie. It was still rock-n-roll, but completely new rock.

And I always had a soft spot for Highlander. Of course, there could be only one.