This brief editorial is a chance for the journal to look forward, and back, to let the readership know about some changes in the journal’s editing team and editorial board as well as some exciting new initiatives.
Our journal’s founder – Ian Gardiner – is stepping down from the role of Editor with this issue. Ian, with Anahid Kassabian, outlined the motivation behind the journal in their first editorial; recognising the development of a sonic turn in film and media studies, they wanted to give a place to those ‘scholarly conversation[s]’ about the study of music, sound, and the moving image.1 Founding the first international scholarly journal, which was interdisciplinary in approach, and ‘devoted to the study of the interaction between music, sound and the entirety of moving image media – film, television, music video, advertising, computer games, mixed-media installation, digital art, VJ-ing, et alia’ was a moment of great vision.2 Over the twelve volumes that Ian has co-edited, Music, Sound, and the Moving Image has published outstanding work which has genuinely reached across ‘the entirety of moving image media’ in topic and in approach. Ian’s work as Editor – carefully fostering work, advising and enabling contributors, networking with scholars, and curating the journal’s content – has been part of the exciting expansion and shaping of a new field of audiovisual studies. We offer our sincere thanks to Ian for his inspiring editorial leadership and vision.
Ben Winters, Senior Lecturer in Music at the Open University, is joining us as a new Editor. We are delighted to welcome Ben, who brings his deep expertise in film music and sound studies to the team, as well as a great deal of editorial experience. We greatly look forward to working with him, and to his input in shaping the direction of the journal.
This issue also marks a change for the journal as we have combined our boards, previously divided into ‘Editorial’ and ‘Advisory’, into one expanded Editorial Board, the membership of which is listed on the journal’s inside cover. Some of our veteran board members have retired, and we have invited new members to join us, reflecting the development of new scholars in the field and new areas of scholarship. We see this group of international experts as key to our mission in attracting and reviewing the best submissions and in guiding and advising the journal’s direction. [End Page 1]
There are also new initiatives to report. This issue includes the publication of the first article to win the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ ‘Sound and Music SIG Claudia Gorbman Graduate Writing Award’: Darshana Sreedhar Mini’s ‘“Un-sound” Sounds: Pornosonics of Female Desire in Indian Mediascapes’. The award, named in recognition of the work Claudia Gorbman has done to promote the field of film music and sound, was developed by the SCMS Sound and Music Special Interest Group Co-chair, Katherine Quanz, in partnership with Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. The award is designed to recognise outstanding new scholarship in the field of sound and music media by graduate students, and every year the SIG will invite submissions from graduate scholars to be judged by a reading panel. The best article will go out to peer review for the journal and, subject to approval and revision, will be published in MSMI. The aim of the award is to encourage and foster graduate work and to provide a publication platform to showcase new and emerging scholars.
An outline of some of the new and exciting scholarship in our field is presented in the ‘Reflections on Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Seattle 2019’, which is published in this issue, and its accompanying appendix of papers on sound, music, and media. Our thanks to Katherine Quanz, Brooke McCorkle, Eric Dienstfrey, Joan Titus, and James Buhler for sharing their insights. [End Page 2]
1. Ian Gardiner and Anahid Kassabian (2007), ‘Editorial’, Music, Sound and the Moving Image Journal, 1 (1) (Spring), p.3.
2. Gardiner & Kassabian, 2007, p.3.