The role of music communication in cinema

Scott D. Lipscomb*, David E. Tolchinsky

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter explores musical communication in a cinematic context. It presents empirical and theoretical models of film music perception and the role of music in film. It illustrates some of the ways in which a film's soundtrack can not only contribute towards but also expand upon the meaning of a film's narrative, and on what it communicates to the audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMusical Communication
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689628
ISBN (Print)9780198529361
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • Atmosphere
  • Customer activity
  • Film music
  • Musical communication
  • Soundtracks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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