Faculty Lecture Series launches with discussion of old music in new films

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Posted: Sep 10, 2015

Kate McQuiston
Kate McQuiston

Kate McQuiston, Associate Professor of Music at UH Mānoa, presents "Musical Re-creation and Recreation in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel" on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. in Hamilton Library Room 301 as part of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Faculty Lecture Series.

In director Wes Anderson’s two most recent films, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, existing musical works fill the soundtrack in new and remarkable ways. Rather than appearing as isolated quotations, old pieces of music inspire novel responses by Anderson and his creative team, including substantial contributions by composer, Alexandre Desplat.

Dr. McQuiston traces the treatment of music in Anderson’s films to show how this close correspondence between the old and new has emerged, and considers the implications of such an approach for the role of existing music in contemporary film.

Her main research areas are music in film, twentieth-century music and the philosophy of music. She is the author of "We’ll Meet Again": Musical Design in the Films of Stanley Kubrick (Oxford University Press, 2013), and articles in Music, Sound, and Filmmakers: Sonic Style in Cinema (Routledge, 2012), and The Journal of Film Music.

Next in the series:

"Hōkūle‘a Worldwide Voyage: Island Wisdom and Global Connections in Ethnomathematics"
Dr. Linda Furuto, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in Hamilton Library Room 301

For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcr/mfls/