James Buhler, Theories of the Soundtrack


  • Jeff Smith University of Wisconsin-Madison




theory, soundtrack, film music


James Buhler, Theories of the Soundtrack New York: Oxford University Press, 2019 [xiv, 318 pp. ISBN: 9780199371082. $35.00 (trade paper)]. Oxford Music/Media Series. Illustration, figures, and index.

Author Biography

  • Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Jeff Smith is a Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin– Madison. He is the author of The Sounds of Commerce: Marketing Popular Film Music and, along with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, the co-author of the 11th and 12th editions of Film Art: An Introduction.


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Francisco Casetti, Theories of Cinema, 1945-1999, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999)

Claudia Gorbman, Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music, (Bloomington: University of Indiana Press, 1987)

David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style & Mode of Production to 1960, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1985)

Christian Metz, “Aural Objects,” trans. by Georgia Gurrieri, Yale French Studies 60 (1980): 24-32.

Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, trans. by Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986)

Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2: The Time-Image, trans, by Hugh Tomlinson and Robert Galeta, (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989).







How to Cite

Smith, J. (2019). James Buhler, Theories of the Soundtrack. Journal of Film Music, 7(2), 47-50. https://doi.org/10.1558/jfm.38909