August 11th, 2011


ISSN 1838-3351


Screen Sound investigates, analyses and documents sound in relation to screen images, whether on the large or small screen, in installation or online. The journal encourages studies of sound forms, functions and production, focusing on music, sound design, effects and atmospheres, dialogue and performance, production processes and/or roles of personnel. Articles, reviews and interviews are published in English language from scholars, researchers and practitioners. The journal is multidisciplinary in its remit, accommodating music, sound, media, cultural, marketing and economic analysis. The publication focuses on sound on screen media and issues relevant to work produced in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and Oceania, and provides a forum for case studies and debates relevant to the region. Editorial and Industry Advisory Board members include soundtrack academics, practitioners and experts from Auckland, Canberra, Dunedin, Hong Kong, Lismore, Melbourne, Sydney, and Tokyo.

The journal is produced annually as a refereed online journal at

Call For Papers

The third issue of Screen Sound is scheduled for publication in mid 2012. The issue theme is ‘Songs on the Soundtrack’. Submissions are invited that address this theme by analysing:

  • songs in feature or short films, or television – either composed or adapted for the screen; song-based music documentaries; song snatches used online; jingles for advertisements, campaigns or games; television theme songs; song-based children’s programs; etc;
  • industry perspectives (eg licensing personnel and issues; budgeting; etc);
  • songs used as marketing (eg the contemporary role of song-based soundtrack CD releases and other merchandising);
  • songs in relation to narrative; the vexed issue of so-called ‘compiled’ scores; musicals and dance-based narratives featuring songs; lyrics and screenplay; etc
  • semiotic analyses of voice and performance; content analyses of songs with image tracks; audience analyses of reception to songs;
  • other relevant approaches and issues.

Screen Sound is also keen to include articles on sound in television, online, games, advertising and media performance domains, whether or not they address the issue theme.

NB: Advance notice: the 2013 issue of Screen Sound will focus on sound in relation to games.

The journal comprises three sections:

1: Double blind referee section with articles of 4,000-8,000 words. Submission deadline: November 30, 2011.

2: Single referee edited section with industry reports, edited interview transcripts, feature reviews, etc. Word length: 2,000-5,000. Submission deadline: January 17, 2012.

3: Edited, non-refereed section of reviews, reports, responses and reprints of seminal reports, etc. Word length: 1,000-4,000. Submission deadline: March 1, 2012.

All proposals for articles should be sent to

Editorial Team

Screen Sound Editor Associate Professor Rebecca Coyle teaches in the Media studies program at Southern Cross University, Lismore. She coordinated an Australian Research Council Discovery Project on Australian film music production and innovation. Her publications include two anthologies on Australian feature film music, and Drawn To Sound, an anthology of essays on animation film music, published by Equinox (UK) in 2010. See other research outcomes at:

Editorial Assistant Natalie Lewandowski is a B.Commerce and B.Arts Hons graduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, and is currently a full-scholarship PhD candidate. Natalie was awarded the Macquarie University prize for E-commerce in 2005 and first class Honours for her thesis ‘Sound…Tracks’ in 2007. Natalie has worked as a research assistant, as well as marketing manager, sponsorship coordinator and public relations manager for numerous arts and retail organisations.


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