113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

PAMLA Forum: Blur and Focus; Musicality in Film and Poetry

Session Chair: 
John M. Ganim, UC Riverside
Saturday 5:20-7:00pm
Parlors (PH-ET)


  1. David E. James, University of Southern California
    Though the rock 'n' roll film coincided with the decline of the classic film musical, certain of the earlier genre’s structures and motifs recurred in it. This presentation will focus on the reconstruction of the musical’s “dual focus” narrative as a romance, not between a leading boy and girl, but between musicians and audiences culminating in the creation of a utopian commonality. This narrative structure informs innovations in editing and sound/ image relations that reach their high-point in the Santana ”Soul Sacrifice” section in Woodstock.
  2. Fred Moten, University of California, Riverside
    In a recent work entitled Librettos, artist Charles Gaines superimposes excerpts from the score of Manuel de Falla’s opera La Vida Breve over the text of a famous speech delivered by Stokeley Carmichael in 1967. In this talk I explore how the blur this superimposition produces and enforces instantiates new musical composition, given in choreographic performance—a kind of improvisation manifest in movement-activated visual and aural attention that occurs under what one might call temporal distress.
Session Cancelled: