Salmon, Barry

Barry Salmon

Barry Salmon
BMus, Berklee College of Music
MA, Media Studies, The New School
Associate Professor of Media Studies and Film, School of Media Studies

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Areas of Expertise:
Sound studies, music and culture, philosophy of music
A composer, guitarist, and music producer, Barry Salmon has written the scores for numerous award-winning feature-length and short films, ranging from narrative to documentary to animation, as well as music for dance, theater, radio, intermedia arts, and museum installations. He has also written articles and presented papers at conferences on music and sound. He recently contributed a chapter for Kompositionen für den Film, the third volume of a planned seven-volume set on the work of the refugee scholar Hanns Eisler, who taught composition at The New School in the 1930s and collaborated with Theodor Adorno on the 1947 book Composing for the Films. Mr. Salmon’s current work includes a project on improvisation and ethics and a recording of Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht’s Hollywooder Liederbuch arranged for jazz ensemble and solo voice.
Courses Taught:
  • Understanding Media Studies
  • Music and the Ideal
  • Music, Idealism, and the Multimedia Work of Art
  • Film, Music, Culture
  • Foundations of Media Theory/Media Ideas 
  • Fundamentals of Sound Studies
  • Media, Sociology, and Sport
  • Sound and Space 
  • Other Music
  • Integrated Production Intensive
  • Audio Production
  • Soundstaging
Recent Publications:
“[RE] Composing for the Films: The Problem of Praxis,” in Eisler Studien, Vol. 3: Aufsätze zum Thema: Kompositionen für den Film, ed. Peter Schweinhardt (2008)

“Framing Noise,” Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (2008) (co-author)

Review of Theodor W. Adorno and Hanns Eisler, Komposition für den Film: Mit einer DVD, “Hanns Eislers Rockefeller-Filmmusik-Projekt 1940–1942,” ausgewählten Filmklassikern und weiteren Dokumenten (2006),” Music, Sound and the Moving Image (Fall 2010)

Review of Anahid Kassabian, Hearing Film: Tracking Identifications in Contemporary Hollywood Film Music, and Pamela Wojcik Robertson and Arthur Knight, eds., Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, Journal of Popular Music Studies (2006)

Europa (CD) (2000) (producer, with John Gentry Tennyson)

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