As we reach the end of another pandemic-affected year, we are again in the position of needing to announce a change in the editorial team of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. We are sad to announce that Jay Beck has stepped down, but we are pleased to be welcoming Neepa Majumdar as his replacement. Jay joined the journal’s founding editors, Anahid Kassabian and Ian Gardiner, in early 2011; and when Anahid stepped down a year later to be replaced by Helen Hanson, Jay was part of a trio that brought a period of stability to the journal’s editorial team. This was also a period of growth and maturation for the journal, and new initiatives during the time Jay was an editor included the inception of the Claudia Gorbman Student Writing Award in conjunction with the Sound and Music Special Interest Group of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the 2020 winner of which, Gabrielle Berry, publishes her essay in this volume. With his ten years of service, Jay has been MSMI’s second longest-serving editor, after Ian Gardiner, and his expertise in the field of sound design has been invaluable to the journal. At the same time as he has helped steer the journal over the past ten years, Jay has remained at the forefront of the discipline. In 2016, for instance, he published an important monograph, Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema with Rutgers University Press. As Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, Jay has also maintained a heavy teaching and administration load and will no doubt welcome the added time that relinquishing his editorial duties will bring. We thank him for his dedication to the journal, his enormously impressive attention to detail as an editor, and his much-valued support in helping us take on the editorial roles that he and others have so capably performed.
With Jay’s departure, we are delighted to be able to announce that Neepa Majumdar has been appointed as our co-editor. Neepa, who joined the Editorial Board of the journal in 2019, is Associate Professor of English and Film & Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and her expertise in film sound and in South Asian cinema will help us both to fill the space that Jay has left and to expand our coverage of moving-image repertories. Her book Wanted Cultured Ladies Only!: Female [End Page 107] Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s–1950s was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2009 and won an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Best First Book Award of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies; and, in addition to book chapters, she has contributed essays to journals including South Asian Popular Culture and Post Script. Neepa is also one of the editors of [In]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies, and her expertise in this area is helping us in continuing to explore new possibilities for the presentation of essays in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, about which we hope to say more soon. We look forward to working with her. [End Page 108]