Creeping decay: cult soundtracks, residual media, and digital technologies

Sexton, Jamie (2015) Creeping decay: cult soundtracks, residual media, and digital technologies. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 13 (1). pp. 12-30. ISSN 1740-0309

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This paper explores the recent resurgence in the collecting of cult film soundtracks, in particular films stemming from the late 1960s to the early 1980s and often linked to horror and other modes of exploitation cinema. I consider this phenomenon as an important component of cult film fandom, but one which has largely been overlooked in cult cinema research because it is often considered as belonging to popular music, as opposed to film, research. As films can become cultified in many different ways and across different media, I look into how areas of music culture can both be inspired by, as well as influence, aspects of film culture. The paper also addresses the importance of ‘residual’ technologies within cult film/music cultures, noting in particular the preference for vinyl records as well as VHS tapes in certain cult fan communities, and explores the appeal that such ‘old media’ retain within an increasingly digital mediascape.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: analogue and digital technologies, cult film, cult soundtracks, residual media
Subjects: W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 14:25
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 16:16

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