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Royal Holloway, University of London

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Multiplying musicians, unheard chattering actors, mysterious gramophones: listening to silent films'

Professor Julie Brown
Head of the Department of Music

Although the moving pictures of early cinema were in a sense silent, they almost always had some sort of music and/or sound created for them within the space of exhibition; they also typically implied sound. Even when they ran unaccompanied — which they sometimes did — ‘silent films’ begged a species of virtual listening on the part of the audience. Early musical trick films and comedies on musical topics are particularly fascinating examples of this phenomenon, because they sometimes involved imaginary visualisations of the marvels and problems of new sound technologies. This talk will explore an often forgotten dimension of early moving pictures.

Inaugural Lecture


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