Film music – collaborative world making

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Film music – Collaborative world making
Magne Kolstad, Department of Learning and Philosophy, Aalborg University.

”All we are doing, set aside you are an actor, writer, composer, we try to create worlds.” (Zimmer, 2017). Film and music are forms of art with unique identities, discourses, responsibilities and contexts, and yet, they need to work together in a multimedia production that uses both to support a storyline. This paper will report from an ethnographic study in a danish film high school, exploring film music production as a social learning practice (Kenny, 2016), investigating how creative threads of both artforms are distributed and ”etched” into one representational ”line” (Ingold, 2015).

Departing from new musicology studies, understanding distributed creativity in the context of music production, can foreground knowledge about how creative relationships are configured (Zagorski-Thomas, 2017). Conceptualizing art production as a social learning process, may contribute to break the mould of individualized artmaking, facilitate reinvention of identities (Roberts, 2009), and hopefully empower students of both film making and music production to tell new, and perhaps more responsible, stories about the world (Bruner, 1998).

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Roberts, T. L (2009). Collaboration in Contemporary Artmaking: Practice and Pedagogy. Ph.D dissertation, Ohio State University.
Zagorski-Thomas, S (2016). The musicology of record production. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Zimmer, H (2017). Hans Zimmer Masterclass.

Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 2019
BegivenhedThe ARP Joint Conference - Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice - University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, Storbritannien
Varighed: 3 sep. 20185 sep. 2018


KonferenceThe ARP Joint Conference - Crosstown Traffic: Popular Music Theory and Practice
LokationUniversity of Huddersfield


  • music pedagogy
  • communities of practice
  • identity construction
  • new literacy studies
  • institutional learning