We’re delighted that Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer has been awarded this year’s Long Mr Pointy award for Buffy studies scholarship. The Mr Pointy awards are conferred by the Editors of Slayage: the journal of the Whedon Studies Association. The Mr Pointy awards are named (as you will no doubt be aware) after the only stake in the Buffyverse to have been given a name…
Music, Sound, and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is edited by Paul Attinello, Janet K. Halfyard and Vanessa Knights.
The book provides an exemplary overview of the functions of music and sound in the interpretation of a television show. This is done through analyses that focus on scoring and source music, the title theme, the music production process, the critically acclaimed musical episode (voted number 13 in Channel Four’s One Hundred Greatest Musicals), the symbolic and dramatic use of silence, and the popular reception of the show by its international fan base.
In keeping with contemporary trends in the study of popular musics, a variety of critical approaches are taken from musicology, cultural studies, and media and communication studies, specifically employing critique, musical analysis, industry studies, and hermeneutics.