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Alexander Binns

Lecturer in Music


Music and Comedy in the Films of Woody Allen (2023)
Book Chapter
Binns, A. (2023). Music and Comedy in the Films of Woody Allen. In E. Audissino, & E. Wennekes (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Music in Comedy Cinema (729-744). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-33422-1_42

Japanese comedy cinema is varied but often reshapes and draws heavily on the historical conventions of Japanese theatrical practice, especially Kabuki, as well as the traditions of manzai. It is, therefore, strongly embedded within the wider contexts... Read More about Music and Comedy in the Films of Woody Allen.

Cozarinsky's La guerre d'un seul homme and musical categories : (Re)-framing Pfitzner, Strauss, Schreker, and Schoenberg cinematically (2017)
Book Chapter
Binns, A. (2018). Cozarinsky's La guerre d'un seul homme and musical categories : (Re)-framing Pfitzner, Strauss, Schreker, and Schoenberg cinematically. In N. Attfield, & B. Winters (Eds.), Music, Modern Culture, and the Critical Ear. Abingdon: Routledge

The framing of music, especially that of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is bound up not only with the effects of the two World Wars that (dis)figured the period but also with the discourse on musical value and identity within whic... Read More about Cozarinsky's La guerre d'un seul homme and musical categories : (Re)-framing Pfitzner, Strauss, Schreker, and Schoenberg cinematically.

Functions of genre in metal and hardcore music (2017)
Thesis
Kennedy, L. F. (2017). Functions of genre in metal and hardcore music. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4220820

This thesis addresses various functions of genre in metal/hardcore music as a lens through which to study popular music in the twenty-first century. The thesis proposes that issues of genre are fundamental to understandings of popular music for all p... Read More about Functions of genre in metal and hardcore music.

'Sounding' Japanese: Traditions of music in Japanese cinema (2017)
Book Chapter
Binns, A. (2017). 'Sounding' Japanese: Traditions of music in Japanese cinema. In M. Mera, R. Sadoff, & B. Winters (Eds.), The Routledge companion to screen music and sound (428-439). New York: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315681047

The cinema of Japan, known as nihon eiga [日本映画] is vast and is not easily encapsulated because of the wide range of cultural practices that have informed its identity, including the music it deployed. And yet, it arguably presents a distinctive s... Read More about 'Sounding' Japanese: Traditions of music in Japanese cinema.

The alphorn in western art music : a cultural and historical study (2014)
Thesis
Jones, F. A. (2014). The alphorn in western art music : a cultural and historical study. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4217216

To the modern audience, the visual and aural qualities of the alphorn are quintessentially evocative of the Swiss Alps. While the alphorn has been used both literally and metaphorically by many Western art composers in works written for the concert h... Read More about The alphorn in western art music : a cultural and historical study.

Contextualising music at a cinematic Tudor court (2014)
Thesis
Fountain, D. G. (2014). Contextualising music at a cinematic Tudor court. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4217154

Music plays an important function in the production of meaning in sound films. In particular, its role in the construction of historical sensibilities and musico-historical identities in film narratives is significant, capitalising on the underscore’... Read More about Contextualising music at a cinematic Tudor court.

Looking and listening : music and sound as visual trope in Ukiyo-e (2011)
Book Chapter
Binns, A. (2011). Looking and listening : music and sound as visual trope in Ukiyo-e. In T. Shephard, & A. Leonard (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture (120-126). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203629987

The word ukiyo-e comes from a combination of “Ukiyo” , which means “floating world,” and “e” , which means picture or image. So, ukiyo-e offer both a description of the world of Edo (present-day Tokyo)—in particular the pleasures, foods, daily life,... Read More about Looking and listening : music and sound as visual trope in Ukiyo-e.