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Who is the author? The collaborative work and the authorship issue in the industrialized production of soundtracks

Grant number: 12/22677-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Arts - Cinema
Principal Investigator:Claudiney Rodrigues Carrasco
Grantee:Maurício Bortoloto da Costa Figueiredo
Host Institution: Instituto de Artes (IA). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The contemporary production of art yields to an extremely heated market and uses almost industrial processes to meet their demands. Major studios of soundtracks for films, TV, and advertising deliver dozens of soundtracks every year, and for this, a complex structure of the operation is needed, where many professionals perform many different functions to make the production more efficient. In this context are very common, therefore, the collaborative practice and the hiring of assistants by the composer. The intention of this work is to collect data about the collaborative production of soundtracks and discuss the issue of authorship in this compositional context, having as object of studies the studio Remote Control Productions, of the composer Hans Zimmer. Based on theoretical concepts suggested by the reference bibliography, we intend to analyze and debate the work of the composer, his collaborators, and assistants (professionals who in some cases perform musical works but aren't always credited by them) and the interference of the industrial mode of production in the artistic field.(AU)

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