Symposium 2024 (6.–7.06.24 in München)

Music, Media, and Narrative in the Streaming Age

Joint annual conference of the Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung and the IMS Study Group “Music and Media”

University of Music and Theatre Munich
(Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, abridged HMTM)
Location: Carl-Orff-Auditorium, Luisenstraße 37a, 80333 Munich
6th & 7th June 2024 (Thursday & Friday)
Co-organizers (representatives):
Julin Lee (HMTM) & Emile Wennekes (Utrecht University) in cooperation with the Kieler Gesellschaft für Filmmusikforschung and the IMS Study Group “Music and Media”
Conference languages:
English and German

The conference is open to the public, free of charge for both in-person and online participation, but registration is required. To register, please send an email to before 4 June 2024 with the following details:

  • Name
  • Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
  • Mode of participation (in person or online)
  • For in-person participation: which sessions you plan on attending

Kindly note that as the conference will take place both on location and online, we will operate on the basis that you consent to appearing on video via Zoom.

Streaming has had a profound effect on how audiovisual narrative media have been produced, distributed, and consumed. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from diverse fields, this conference aims to spotlight aspects of music and sound in the audiovisual narrative landscape – what continuities and disruptions have been engendered by the rise of streaming?
Taking a broad approach to the concept of narrativity, we invite proposals for papers and themed panels tackling issues pertaining to soundtracks of audiovisual media including, but not limited to:
  • how changes in technology, industrial practices, and business models create new opportunities for transformations in sonic storytelling strategies.
  • how transmedia storytelling scoring strategies might be theorized.
  • which soundtrack-driven aesthetic and narrative innovations are afforded (or discouraged) by on-demand delivery.
  • how streaming-engendered modes of engagement with the soundtrack such as “binge-“ or “serial-“ listening might be understood.
  • what kinds of fan activity surrounding film, television and video game soundtracks have been fostered by connected viewing practices involving streaming and social media platforms.
A themed publication in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Kieler Beiträge zur Filmmusikforschung (kbzf) is planned.