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“Terror Chords and Jungle Drums: Music in the Horror Film”  

DESCRIPTION: The Hitchcock Institute will host their final Speaker Series event for the Spring 2011 season. It’ll be a talk with Jordan Stokes. A common technique in horror film scoring is the use of ethnic music to represent the monstrous Other, a practice with obvious and uncomfortable ideological connotations. The musical Other in 1930s–40s Hollywood zombie films such as White Zombie, King of the Zombies, and I Walked With a Zombie are examined, arguing that the use of music in these films is more complex and interesting—on both artistic and ideological levels—than their lurid names and generally shoestring budgets would suggest. Jordan Stokes is a chancellor’s fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center whose research focuses on the intersection of film music and film genre. He has taught the aesthetics of film music at Brooklyn College and Fordham University, and presented papers at NYU’s Music and the Moving Image conference and the 2010 MedRed Conference at London’s Royal Holloway University. 
DATE: Monday, May09, 2011
TIME: 1:00pm 
LOCATION: State Lounge, Brooklyn College Student Center 
CONTACT: www.hisam.org, call us at 718-951-5655, or email us at isam@brooklyn.cuny.edu 
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