Carol Vernallis’s areas of specialization are music video and recent film; her research deals more broadly with questions of sound and image in moving media. Her first book, Experiencing Music Video (Columbia University Press), attempts to theorize the genre.
Her second, Unruly Media: Youtube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema (Oxford University Press), takes account of a new mediascape driven by intensified audiovisual relations. The book considers techniques and strategies that are shared between the three forms of digital media it focuses on. She’s now working more closely with directors and other practitioners who create innovative audiovisual work across platforms and media – her book-in-progress is entitled Transmedia Directors – and she is asking about the viewer/listener’s experience of audiovisuality in today’s media-saturated, multi-platform swirl. She is also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics and The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media. Her Music Studies Colloquium, “Beyoncé’s Overwhelming Opus; or, the Past and Future of Music Video,” is on Friday, October 9, in 128 Morrison Hall.