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Jay Beck

Jay Beck

Education & Professional History

State University of New York at Buffalo, BA; University of Iowa, MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 2010.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Beck, Jay. Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2016).

Beck, Jay. “Submerged in Sound: Lucrecia Martel’s La ciénaga.” The Cine-Files no. 8 (Spring 2015).

Beck, Jay. “The Democratic Voice: Robert Altman’s Sound Aesthetics in the 1970s.” In A Companion to Robert Altman, edited by Adrian Danks. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

Beck, Jay, with Vanessa Theme Ament. “The New Hollywood, 1981-1999.” In Sound: Dialogue, Music and Effects, edited by Kathryn Kalinak. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2015.

Beck, Jay. “Sound Studies in a Liberal Arts Curriculum.” Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier 2, no. 2 (Spring 2014).

Beck, Jay. “Acoustic Auteurs and Transnational Cinema.” In The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media, edited by Carol Vernallis, Amy Herzog, and John Richardson, 732-751. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Beck, Jay. “The Evolution of Sound in Cinema.” In The Routledge Companion to Film History, edited by William Guynn, 64-77. New York: Routledge, 2010.

Beck, Jay. “William Friedkin’s The Exorcist and the Proprietary Nature of Sound.” Cinephile vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 2010): 4-10.

Beck, Jay, and Vicente Rodriguez Ortega, eds. Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester Press, 2008.

Beck, Jay, and Tony Grajeda, eds. Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Cinema & Media Studies

Jay Beck teaches Film History III, Contemporary Global Cinemas, American Cinema of the 1970s, American Film Comedy, Spanish Cinema, Rock ‘n’ Roll in Cinema, Film Sound Studies, and Sound Design. His research includes work on film sound, interdisciplinary sound studies, popular music studies, American cinema, Spanish cinema, genre studies, the Western, film technology, and radio studies. He is the author of Designing Sound: Audiovisual Aesthetics in 1970s American Cinema (Rutgers 2016) and has co-edited two book collections, Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound (with Tony Grajeda) and Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre (with Vicente Rodríguez Ortega). Jay is the founder of the Sound Studies Special Interest Group in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the American co-editor for the journal Music, Sound, and the Moving Image. 

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Profile updated October 22, 2015

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