The Film and Multimedia Interest Group strives to create a scholarly space to stimulate and disseminate research on music (broadly understood to include sound) within film, games, and multimedia, employing well-established music analytical methodologies, as well as newly developed analytical frameworks. By extension, this group will seek to facilitate dialogue and collaboration with other interest groups within the Society for Music Theory and researchers working in cognition, musicology, and allied fields.

Virtual Movie Discussion Hangout

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      William Ayers


      The AMS Music and Media Study Group and the SMT Film and Multimedia Interest Group are organizing a Virtual Movie Discussion Hangout for Friday, August 11, 2023, at 8:00 PM EDT. Our plan with this event is to discuss a movie and its music in a casual, informal setting.

      For our first attempt at this endeavor, we are preparing to discuss the Director’s Cut of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (written and directed by Steven Spielberg, score by John Williams). Attendees can plan to watch the film in advance in preparation for a casual “happy hour” discussing their thoughts about the soundtrack. (Any who are unable to rewatch the film ahead of the meeting are still more than welcome to take part in the discussion if they have thoughts on the soundtrack from a previous viewing.)

      If you would like to attend this virtual hangout, please provide your name and email through the following link We’ll send out Zoom meeting information the day before the event.

      This meeting is not restricted to members of the Music and Media Study Group or the Film and Multimedia Interest Group. Any AMS or SMT community members who wish to take part in the gathering are welcome to attend. Please join us!

      If you have any questions, feel free to contact us directly.


      Will Ayers, SMT Film and Multimedia Interest Group (

      Daniel Bishop, AMS Music and Media Study Group (

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