Audio-Visual Archives & film music

18 Jul 2015 to 19 Jul 2015
London, UK

Audio-Visual Archives (18-19 July 2015)

The School of Music and the British Library will co-host a second project conference, Audio-Visual Archives, at the British Library on 18-19 July 2015. Collections of materials relating to audio-visual processes and products take various forms ranging from the multitrack reels of film-score recording sessions in the Trevor Jones Archive at the University of Leeds to the Muir Mathieson papers and other film-related manuscripts at the British Library to the scores and other documents in the Warner Brothers’ Archive in California. This two-day conference will bring together scholars and students working with audio-visual archives to address some of the fundamental issues surrounding the use of such collections, and to explore current research in screen music that draws on archival resources. The conference committee is as follows:

  • Dr Ian Sapiro, University of Leeds, Trevor Jones Project Co-Investigator
  • Dr Laura Anderson, University of Leeds, Trevor Jones Project PDRA
  • Dr Sandra Tuppen, British Library, Curator of Music Manuscripts
  • Annabel Fleming-Brown, University of Glasgow and British Library, AHRC CDP
  • Prof Julie Brown, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Dr Ben Winters, Open University
  • Dr Annette Davison, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Nathan Platte, University of Iowa

Call for Papers

Proposals with brief abstracts (250 words) for papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be submitted to by Friday 16 January 2015. Papers dealing with all aspects of audio-visual archives are welcome, though indicative areas might include:

  • Research methods and audio-visual archives
  • Archives and creative practice
  • Archival materials and the processes of screen-music
  • Issues of access and availability of audio-visual archives and materials
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Audio-visual archive management and preservation

Conference fees are still to be confirmed, and information will be provided here in due course along with details of a conference dinner and links to accommodation in the area near to the British Library. The Film Music Foundation has funded a small number of bursaries for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to attend the conference. Information on eligibility and the application process will be available on this website in due course.

Past Conferences

The School of Music hosted a Conference on Music for Audio-Visual Media on 4-6 September 2014 to mark the end of year 1 of the Trevor Jones Film-Music project. The conference ran in parallel with the Royal Musical Association’s 50th Annual Conference, and delegates were free to move back and forth between the two events as desired. The conference webpages, which include details of the conference committee, keynote lecture and interview, and all papers (with clickable abstracts) can now be found here.