Two articles published in special issue on Silent Cinema and Song



The journal of the Associazione Italiana per le Ricerche di Storia del Cinema (AIRSC), Immagine, just published a special issue about silent cinema and song. The peer-reviewed journal includes the articles “Silent Singing. Diegetic Songs in Austrian Silent Cinema” by principal investigator Claus Tieber and “‘… anything but a film!’ Vocal Music in Viennese Lecture Films of the 1920s” by project assistant Anna K. Windisch.


Project to present international panel at SCMS conference, Chicago March 2017

At the upcoming conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) to be held in Chicago, principal investigator Claus Tieber and project assistant Anna K. Windisch will collaborate in a panel together with renowned scholars Martin M. Marks (MIT) and James Buhler (University of Texas at Austin), chaired by Julie Hubbert (University of South Carolina).

The panel entitled “Rethinking Silent Cinema Sound’ was organized by the project on the Austrian Music Film and will be presented on 24 March from 9 to 10.45 am in session K4.

Click here for program details:

CFP “When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television” University of Salzburg, March 8-10, 2018

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the international conference “When the Music Takes Over. Musical Numbers in Film and Television”, to be held at the University of Salzburg, Austria, on March 8 – 10, 2018. The conference is organized by the FWF project “The Austrian Music Film, 1912-1933” in collaboration with the Department for Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg and the Kiel Society for Film Music Research.

Download the cfp here: cfp-salzburg_2018.

FWF Research Project “Film Music as a Problem in German Print Journalism (1907–1930)”

Principal Investigator Dr. Francesco Finocchiaro and Project Assistant Henriette Engelke recently embarked on a FWF-funded research project to investigate the problem of film music during the silent era in light of contemporary film music criticism.

The project examines historical evidence of a debate which deals with aesthetic, theoretical, and compositional issues of music in cinema during the so-called silent period.

For more information, see the project website:

Panel on Silent Film Sound at SCMS Conference in Chicago, March 2017

The project on the Austrian Music Film will be represented at the SCMS conference in Chicago, 22-26 March 2017. 

Together with music theory specialist James Buhler (University of Texas) and musicologist and performer Martin Marks (MIT), Claus Tieber and Anna K. Windisch will present a panel entitled “Rethinking Silent Cinema Sound” on March 24 in Session K4. 

Detailed information and the preliminary program can be found at

Guest lecture at University of Milan, Italy, November 28-29, 2016

Project assistant Anna K. Windisch will hold a guest lecture at the Seminar “On (re)connaît la chanson. Pre-existing music in Cinema”, organized by the Department of Cultural Heritage and Environment and the Dottorato in Scienze del Patrimonio Letterario, Artistico e Ambientale, held on November 29, 2016.

The lecture entitled “Making (New) Meaning with (Old) Music in Silent Cinema” will address several issues of the ongoing project and will thus bring interim results to doctoral students at the University of Milan.

See here for more details. Pre-existing music in Cinema