Hip Hop and the Film Soundtrack
James Millea is investigating the relationship between hip hop music and the soundscape of the New Black Realist films of the 1990s. Specifically, his doctoral research focuses on how the aesthetics of hip hop is mediated through film, reshaping the possibilities and functions of the filmic soundtrack. James argues that in mapping the aesthetics of hip hop music and the (re)structuring and (re)organisation of sonic material, we can explore how African-American mélomanes at the turn of the twentieth-century used film and its soundscape to explore their contemporary, subcultural existence.
the vocal aesthetic of age
Emily Baker's doctoral research explores the ways in which Age manifests itself in the voice. It does so through a series of case studies, including those based around the singer-songwriters Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell. In 2016 Emily will travel to Öbebro University in Sweden to present a conference paper on the implications of autotune being applied to older voices. During 2015 she presented papers on her research at the University of Cambridge and the postgraduate conference of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music held in Cardiff.