Author Archive for: ‘Rebecca Coyle and Michael Hannan’

Marking time in the Barry McKenzie films’ music

Midway through The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, at an underground gig in 1970s London, the central protagonist is invited to perform a song that is described by the MC as one of his “most meaningful and urgent compositions”. Barry McKenzie prefaces Old Pacific Sea with the following introduction: G’day ladies and gentlemen, Barry McKenzie’s the name. I don’t know why me mates got me …

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Musical Modernism in Brian May’s Australian Film Scores

Introduction Film music has provided a useful space for the exploration of modernist composition. It is through this association with popular film texts that audiences who were otherwise dissociated from new music composition consumed modernist techniques. Modernist techniques adopted in film scores include the conscious use of atonality and dissonance (often linked to specific film genres such as science fiction …

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