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Dr Miguel Mera

Reader in Music and Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Music

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About

Overview

Dr Miguel Mera is a composer of music for the moving image and a musicologist. He is interested in the combination of practice and theory within the context of contemporary culture and the creative industries.

His work has been screened at film festivals and cinemas around the world. The film Broken was a finalist in the Kodak Awards, and won the Golden Camera Award at the Nashik International Film Festival, India. What Does Your Daddy Do? was nominated for a British Independent Film Award. Moth won the Best Film Award at the Splash Film Festival. Television composition projects include dramas and documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and History Channels, and Idents for Nickelodeon. The documentary Auschwitz: the Forgotten Evidence was shortlisted for a BAFTA and nominated for an Indie Award. Ian Hislop's Scouting For Boys - a documentary about Robert Baden-Powell and the history of the Scout movement - was shortlisted for a prestigious Grierson award.

Dr Mera is also widely published in music and moving image studies and his work includes two books, several refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, and other papers. He is the author of Mychael Danna's The Ice Storm: a film score guide (Scarecrow Press, 2007) and co-editor of European Film Music (Ashgate, 2006) and The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (forthcoming).

He serves on the editorial board of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, The Soundtrack, Music and the Moving Image, and The Journal of Film Music.

His contribution to the public understanding of the subject includes appearances on the BBC Proms, Radio 3, and Radio 5 as well as numerous pre-concert talks and events.

Prior to joining City in 2010 Dr Mera taught at Anglia Ruskin University (2008-2009), where he developed new provision in popular music, and at the Royal College of Music where he was responsible for Screen Composition (1998-2008). Dr Mera has led numerous workshops in association with the British Film Institute, Wigmore Hall, South West Music School, Dartington Summer School, BBC Concert Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. Miguel is a member of BAFTA.

Research

Research interests

Composition for the moving image; Film, television and video game sound; Contemporary instrumental, electronic and digital music; Popular music; Collaborative processes in music creation.

Publications

  1. Mera, M., Sadoff, R. and Winters, B. (2017). The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-85534-2.

Books (3)

  1. Mera, M., Sadoff, R. and Winters, B. (2017). The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-85534-2.
  2. Mera, M. (2007). Mychael Danna's The Ice Storm. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Pr. ISBN 978-0-8108-5941-8.
  3. Mera, M. and Burnand, D. (2006). European film music. Ashgate Pub Co. ISBN 978-0-7546-3659-5.

Chapters (13)

  1. Mera, M. (2017). Reality and Representation - An Interview with Dario Marianelli. In Greene, L. and Kulezic-Wilson, D. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media (pp. 139–150). London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-51679-4.
  2. Mera, M. (2017). Screen Music and the Question of Originality. The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (pp. 38–49). New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-85534-2.
  3. Mera, M. and Sadoff, R. (2017). Shaping the Soundtrack? Hollywood Preview Audiences. The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-85534-2.
  4. Mera, M., sadoff, R. and Winters, B. (2017). Introduction: Framing Screen Music and Sound. The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound (pp. 1–13). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-85534-2.
  5. Mera, M. (2016). Materialising Film Music. In Cooke, M. and Ford, F. (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Film Music (pp. 157–172). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-09451-2.
  6. Mera, M. (2016). Towards 3-D Sound: Spatial Presence and the Space Vacuum. In Greene, L. and Kulezic-Wilson, D. (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media: Integrated Soundtracks (pp. 91–111). London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-51679-4.
  7. Mera, M. (2016). Towards 3-D sound: Spatial presence and the space vacuum. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media: Integrated Soundtracks (pp. 91–111). ISBN 978-1-137-51680-0.
  8. Mera, M. (2016). Interview 2: Reality and representation-an interview with dario marianelli. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media: Integrated Soundtracks (pp. 139–150). ISBN 978-1-137-51680-0.
  9. Mera, M. (2015). Agitprop Rap? "Ill Manors" and the Impotent Indifference of Social Protest. In Miller, T. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (pp. 268–281). New York: Routledge ISBN 978-0-415-64147-0.
  10. Mera, M. (2013). Inglo(u)rious Basterdization: Tarantino and the War Movie Mashup. In Vernallis, C., Herzog,, A. and Richardson, J. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media (pp. 437–461). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-975764-0.
  11. Mera, M. (2009). Reinventing Question Time. In Scott, D.B. (Ed.), The Ashgate research companion to popular musicology (pp. 59–83). Aldershot: Ashgate Pub Co. ISBN 978-0-7546-6476-5.
  12. Mera, M. (2008). Scoring Moth: Beyond the Temp Track. In Cooper, D., Fox, C. and Sapiro, I. (Eds.), Cinemusic? (pp. 33–50). ISBN 978-1-84718-593-8.
  13. Mera, M. (2005). Reap Just What You Sow: Trainspotting's Perfect Day. In Lannin, S. and Caley, M. (Eds.), Pop fiction (pp. 86–97). Intellect Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84150-078-2.

Compositions (48)

  1. Mera, M., Mathez, B. and Thatcher, T, (2015). Morriña. (Online Audiovisual Work)
  2. Mera, M., Mathez, B. and Thatcher, T. (2014). Morriña. (Live Audiovisual Dance)
  3. Mera, M. (2011). Children of 9/11. (Film score)
  4. Mera, M. (2011). Children of 9/11. (Film Score)
  5. Mera, M. (2010). It's a Serendipitous Thing. (Film score)
  6. Mera, M. (2010). Sense Less. (Film score)
  7. Mera, M. (2010). It's a Serendipitous Thing. (Film score)
  8. Mera, M. (2010). Sense Less. (Film Score)
  9. Mera, M. (2009). Holler. (Film score)
  10. Mera, M. (2009). Little Ashes. (Film score)
  11. Mera, M. (2009). The Satanic Verses Affair. (Film score)
  12. Mera, M. (2009). Holler. (Film Score)
  13. Mera, M. (2009). Little Ashes. (Film Score)
  14. Mera, M. (2009). The Satanic Verses Affair. (Film score)
  15. Mera, M. (2008). Bucco Blanco. (Film score)
  16. Mera, M. (2008). Bucco Blanco. (Film Score)
  17. Mera, M. (2007). Broken. (Film score)
  18. Mera, M. (2007). Ian Hislop's 'Scouting For Boys'. (Film score)
  19. Mera, M. (2007). Ian Hislop's 'Scouting For Boys'. (Film score)
  20. Mera, M. (2007). Broken. (Film score)
  21. Mera, M. (2006). Chrysalis. (Film score)
  22. Mera, M. (2006). Horizon: Waiting for a Heartbeat. (Film score)
  23. Mera, M. (2006). Trent 2 Rent. (Film score)
  24. Mera, M. (2006). What Does Your Daddy Do? (Film score)
  25. Mera, M. (2006). Horizon: Waiting for a Heartbeat. (Film score)
  26. Mera, M. (2006). Trent 2 Rent. (Film score)
  27. Mera, M. (2006). What Does Your Daddy Do? (Film score)
  28. Mera, M. (2006). Chrysalis. (Film score)
  29. Mera, M. (2005). Moth. (Film score)
  30. Mera, M. (2005). Moth. (Film score)
  31. Mera, M. (2004). Auschwitz: The Forgotten Evidence. (Film score)
  32. Mera, M. (2004). The First World Cup Remembered. (Film score)
  33. Mera, M. (2004). Auschwitz: The Forgotten Evidence. (Film score)
  34. Mera, M. (2004). The First World Cup Remembered. (Film score)
  35. Mera, M. (2003). The Goodbye Plane. (Film score)
  36. Mera, M. (2003). The Goodbye Plane. (Film score)
  37. Mera, M. (2002). Yellow Bird. (Film score)
  38. Mera, M. (2002). Yellow Bird. (Film score)
  39. Mera, M. (2001). Secrets of the Guillotine. (Film score)
  40. Mera, M. (2001). Secrets of the Guillotine. (Film score)
  41. Mera, M. (2000). Sweet Smell of Roses. (Film score)
  42. Mera, M. (2000). The Last Few. (Film score)
  43. Mera, M. (2000). The Last Few. (Film Score)
  44. Mera, M. (2000). Sweet Smell of Roses. (Film score)
  45. Mera, M. (1999). 'Fugee Girl. (Film score)
  46. Mera, M. (1999). Last Best Friend. (Film score)
  47. Mera, M. (1999). Last Best Friend. (Film score)
  48. Mera, M. (1999). 'Fugee Girl. (Film Score)

Conference Papers and Proceedings (5)

  1. Mera, M. (2014). Outing the Score: Musical Narratives in Little Ashes. Music and the Moving Images 21 May 2014 – 23 Feb 2010, New York University.
  2. Mera, M. (2013). Inglo(u)rious Basterdisation: Tarantino and the War Movie Mashup. nternational Institute for Popular Culture, Guest lecture, IIPC Debate Series. 14 November, University of Turku, Finland. Guest lecture, IIPC Debate Series..
  3. Mera, M. (2011). Raiders of the Lost Archive. Sound Cases 29 September, British Library..
  4. Mera, M. (2010). La banda sonora sale del armario: música, narración y proceso de colaboración en “Sin límites. V Simposio, La Creación Musical and la Banda Sonora 27 Apr 2010 – 29 Apr 2014, University of Salamanca.
  5. Mera, M. (2010). Creative Collaboration and Film Composition. Audiovisual Research Conference 25-26 February, University of Helsinki..

Journal Articles (13)

  1. Mera, M. and Stumpf, S. (2014). Eye-tracking Film Music. Music and the Moving Image, 7(3), pp. 3–23.
  2. Mera, M. (2013). Review of Peter Franklin, Seeing Through Music: Gender and Modernisms in Classic Hollywood Film. Music, Sound and the Moving Image, 7(2), pp. 195–200. doi:10.3828/msmi.2013.9.
  3. Mera, M. (2012). Outing the Score: Music, narrative and collaborative process in Little Ashes. Music, Sound and the Moving Image, 6(1), pp. 93–109. doi:10.3828/msmi.2012.8.

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  4. Mera, M. and Morcom, A. (2009). Introduction: Screened Music, Trans-contextualisation and Ethnomusicological Approaches. Ethnomusicology Forum, 18(1), pp. 3–19. doi:10.1080/17411910902833588.
  5. Mera, M. (2009). An Interview with Canadian-Armenian Filmmaker Atom Egoyan. Ethnomusicology Forum, 18(1), pp. 73–82. doi:10.1080/17411910902790416.
  6. Mera, M. (2009). Interview with Nicholas Hooper. Music, Sound and the Moving Image, 3(1), pp. 87–97. doi:10.3828/msmi.3.1.5.
  7. Mera, M. (2009). Interview with James Hannigan. Music, Sound and the Moving Image, 3(1), pp. 99–115. doi:10.3828/msmi.3.1.6.
  8. Mera, M. (2009). Invention/Re-invention. Music, Sound and the Moving Image pp. 1–20. doi:10.3828/msmi.3.1.1.
  9. Mera, M. and Winters, B. (2009). Film and Television Music Sources in the UK and Ireland. Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres., 46(2), pp. 37–65.
  10. Mera, M. (2002). Is Funny Music Funny: Contexts and Case Studies of Film Music Humor. Journal of Popular Music Studies, 14(2), pp. 91–113.
  11. Mera, M. (2001). Representing the Baroque: The Portrayal of Historical Period in Film Music. The Consort: Journal of the Dolmetsch Foundation, 57, pp. 3–21.
  12. Mera, M. (1999). Read my Lips: Re-evaluating Subtitling and Dubbing in Europe. Links and Letters pp. 73–85.
  13. Mera, M. (1998). Towards a Better Soundscape. Diegesis: Journal of the Association for Research in Popular Fictions, 3, pp. 15–23.

Other Activities

Media Appearances (5)

  1. The Sound of Outer Space - BBC Proms Plus. Broadcast on Radio 3 as part of the BBC Proms, Matthew Sweet talked to composers Anna Meredith and Miguel Mera about the ways in which film composers have met the challenge of capturing the sound of dark matter, comets and distant planets.
  2. Sounds Classical - BBC Radio Ulster. Miguel was a special guest on BBC Radio Ulster's 'Sounds Classical' where he discussed the nominees in the Best Original Score category for the 2010 Academy Awards.
  3. Music Matters. Radio 3. Discussing the work of legendary film composer Nino Rota
  4. Simon May Show - BBC Radio 5 Live. Miguel was a guest on the Simon Mayo show on BBC Radio 5 Live and discussed the use of music in film with composer David Arnold, filmmaker Kenny Glennan and film critic Nigel Floyd.
  5. Music Matters - BBC Radio 3. Miguel Mera joined Tom Service for a special edition of Radio 3’s flagship programme Music Matters which examined the hidden world of film music. Together, they explored some of the classic film soundtracks of all time and discussed how music works with image and what makes a truly great score.

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