Producing Paranormal Sounds: Electronic Music, Projection, and Blurred Boundaries in The Legend of Hell House (1973) and The Stone Tape (1972)

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This chapter interrogate two texts – the TV movie The Stone Tape and the theatrical release The Legend of Hell House – which were concerned, in different ways, with scientific investigations into paranormal material, and were both scored by people associated with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (Desmond Briscoe and Glynis Jones on the former, Delia Derbyshire and Brian Hodgson on the latter). In the chapter, I explore the ways that electronic sounds were being incorporated into horror productions gradually, and how electronic sound was a particularly key resource at this juncture to create a sense of unease. The use of electronic music is further probed in terms of its ability to interlock with key themes of both texts: slippages between past and present, between science and the paranormal, and the notion of projection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHaunted Soundtracks
Subtitle of host publicationAudiovisual Cultures of Memory, Landscape, and Sound
EditorsKevin J. Donnelly, Aimee Mollaghan
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Electronic)9781501389566, 9781501389573
ISBN (Print)9781501389559
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2023

Publication series

Name New Approaches to Sound, Music, and Media

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