Film Matters. Edited by Liza Palmer and Tim Palmer. Intellect, Ltd. Quarterly. Volume 1, issue 1 (2010). ISSN 2042-1869. Print and online format (PDF). Access: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal, id=187/. Subscription or inquiries: Turpin Distribution, The Bleachery, 143 West Street, New Milford, CT 06776. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. $33 individuals (print); $99 institutions (print and online); $60 institutions (online only).
Among the ever-burgeoning held of new journals in film studies comes one that fills a much-needed niche: Film Matters (published by Intellect, Bristol, U.K.) is purportedly the first peer-reviewed journal of film studies for undergraduate college authors. In the introduction to the inaugural issue, co-editors Tim and Liza Palmer (University of North Carolina-Wilmington) state that the mission of the journal is to provide a format for undergraduate writers interested in film studies, while also featuring interesting articles on films outside of the popular Hollywood cinema mainstream.
The articles and review of this issue deliver on the editors' promise. The first issue of the journal contains three well-written articles focusing on social implications of some rather obscure (by Hollywood standards) films. Carolyn Lake (Flinders University, South Australia) speculates on how popular film can construct history for its viewers--whether real or imagined. She provides a close reading of Baz Luhrmanu's Australia and how the film resonates with Australian audiences. The film proves a particularly interesting case, given the fanciful nature of many of Luhrmann's films (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet).
The two other articles provide case studies of films whose themes react against the dominant ideology of American Hollywood cinema. Brian Ford (University of Michigan) examines the dilemma of promulgating social change through commercial cinema, especially films constructed in a "third world Hollywood" production model that attempt to operate within the strictures of the Hollywood popular narrative film. He enumerates the irregularity of audience impact in three South African anti-apartheid films, Cry Freedom (Richard Attenborough), A World Apart (Chris Menges), and A Dry White Season (Euzhan Palcy). Finally, Jamie Marie Wagner (Dennison University) describes how the pre-World War II pessimism of the 1938 French classic Quai des Brumes runs counter to the prevailing optimism of American narrative cinema at the time, eschewing this optimism by refusing "to answer arbitrarily the questions it raises for the sake of narrative clarity or social conservatism."
While all these articles in volume 1, issue 1 focus on social issues in film, a preview of volume 1, issue 2 promises articles dealing with other topics, such as genre study (French New Wave and Mumblecore), visuality (Sin City), space, time, and continuity (Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad), and two more articles that deal with social issues (Mexican cinema, Hong Kong actors).
The inaugural issue also features seven book and DVD reviews, all of which are written by University of North Carolina-Wilmington students, presumably protegees of the co-editors. These reviews are competently and succinctly written, albeit constructed more as journalistic summations rather than scholarly critical analyses. While such summaries are good exercises in writing for undergraduates, one would hope that in future issues these could be expanded to reviews of a more critical scholarly scope. Of the seven reviews, only Hannah Hundley's review of James Williams' book, Jean Cocteau (2008), moves beyond summary by questioning the author's bias toward his subject.
Another notable feature of the journal is that, in addition to the brief biography provided for each author, a biography of each faculty mentor is included. While mentorship is undervalued at many institutions, (mentorship is rarely a consideration for tenure reviews), it is a critical component in the writing process at all stages, and especially important during the undergraduate years for developing future scholars. These student writers represented here are thoughtful and talented, and most indicate multiple areas of scholarly interest outside of film studies. Kudos to the faculty mentors who helped these writers find focus in a scholarly journal of this type.
Film Matters is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students interested in film studies to gain a foothold in the realm of scholarly publishing. The added bonus of this journal is that it goes beyond merely providing a stage for undergraduates, as it also provides thoughtful and useful articles on films that fall outside the Hollywood popular cinema canon.
Musica e Tecnologia. Edited by Claudio Leonardi. Firenze University Press. Annual. Volume 3 (2009). ISSN 1974-0042 (print); ISSN 1974-0050 (online). Print and online format (PDF). Access: http://ejour-fup.unifi.it/index.php/mt/index. Subscription or inquiries: Firenze University Press, Borgo Albizi, 28-50122 Firenze, Italy. E-mail: email@example.com. Free.
Musica e Tecnologia debuted in 2007 and is a freely available, scholarly, open access journal, also available in print. Articles are published in Italian, but abstracts arc available in English. The focus of content is music and technology, as indicated in the title. A recent issue included articles about research in a sound archive in Tuscany, a case study on electronic works of Bruno Maderna, and guidelines for preserving and creating critical editions of audio documents in the Luigi Mono Archive (Venice). The research committee is quite extensive and international in scope.
Opera Musicoiogica. Edited by Olga Manulkina. Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Quarterly. No. 1  (2010). ISSN 2075-4078. Print and online format (PDF). Access: http://www.conservatory.ru/node/1474. Subscription or inquiries: Opera Musicologica, Teatralnaya Pl., 3, Saint Petersburg, 190000, Russia. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost information for international customers not yet determined (to be included in a future review).
Opera Musicologica is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published since 2009 in Russian with English and Russian abstracts, devoted to interdisciplinary studies within music using a variety of methods and approaches (particular emphasis on under-served areas). The editorial board is predominantly based at St. Petersburg Conservatory, but the advisory board is international and extensive, including scholars such as Leon Botstein, Philip Gossett, Margaret Murata, Carol Oja, Richard Taruskm, and many others. A recent issue includes articles on Bach (interpretation and theory), dodecaphony, Bolshevik music and propaganda, as well as book and recording reviews.
Studies in Musical Theatre. Edited by Dominic Symonds and George Burrows. Intellect, Ltd. Three issues per year. Vol. 3, issue 3 (December 2009). TSSN 1750-3159 (print); ISSN 1750-3167 (online). Print and online format (PDF). Access: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=119/. Subscription or inquiries: Turpin Distribution, The Bleachery, 143 West Street, New Milford, CT 06776. E-mail: email@example.com. $65 individuals (print); $350 institutions (print and online); $290 institutions (online only).
Studies in Musical Theatre (or SMT) first appeared in December of 2006 and is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal. The scope of topics focuses on live theatrical performance of vocal and instrumental music. The editors-in-chief are based in the U.K. but the editorial and advisory boards are extensive and international, including scholars such as Geoffrey Block, Kim Kowalke, and many others. Recent and forthcoming special issues have examined subjects such as the Broadway musical in 1957, music on the stage, and impact of economics, marketing, and tourism. General calls for submission feature a wide focus, including historiography, dramaturgy, performance practice, words and music, archival and production research, industry matters, and globalization.
Recent issues include an index, reviews, list of books received, in addition to standard editorial and articles. Also a regular column called "Re; Act" features articles situated around teaching and learning. Other article topics include globalization and consumption in Germany and Austria, the High School Musical phenomenon in India, and sense of place and sexuality in performance. The journal Web site features value-added RSS feeds and descriptive tagging.
Reviews, new titles, and publisher and title changes announced elsewhere in this column include additional comments about electronic access.
EBSCOhost (www.ebscohost.com) has several new features, including an enhanced PDF viewer, which enables users to browse an entire journal issue, with table of contents displaying on a stable left menu bar, with hyperlinks to full text, thumbnails linking to illustrations, and ability to expand and collapse. Dutch, Romanian and Slovenian have been added to the list of languages that can be used for interface translation (local e-resource administrator can enable this feature). Lastly, results lists now display subject headings for all relevant databases and libraries (also enabled in EBSCOadmin).
Music Index, now offered by EBSCO, is updated weekly instead of quarterly, and features abstracts, references cited search, as well as enhanced author, subject, and geographic keyword searching.
Folkways Magazine (http://www.folkways.si.edu/magazine/index.aspx; ISSN 2154-6398) is a free quarterly magazine issued by the Smithsonian Institution, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage since 2009. Features such as cover stories, recordings search, back issues, links to Folkways radio, artist spotlights, videos from the field, and tools for teaching, should appeal to a general audience of musicians and laypeople. The spring 2010 issue features a cover story by ethnomusicologist Ted Levin about the Smithsonian Folkways-Aga Khan Music Initiative and the CD-DVT) series Music of Central Asia.
International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text (http://music.chadwyck.com) features new full text content for Canadian Winds: The Journal of the Canadian Band Association (ISSN 1703-5295), from 2002 forward, American Harp Journal (ISSN 0002-869X), and for Mixmag (ISSN 0957-6622), previously indexed only, 2009-2010. Utne Reader (ISSN 1544-2225) now features full text from 2001 onwards, and indexing from 1996. The U.K. magazine, The Word (ISSN 1479-1498), is now indexed from 2010 onwards with full text from May 2010 onwards. Selective full text coverage has been added for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISSN 0013-2586). Brand new titles (indexing and full text) include Musis, Sound, and the. Moving Image (ISSN 1753-0768), The Sondheim Review (ISSN 1076-450X), Canadian journal of Music Therapy (ISSN 1199-1054), and Words & Music (ISSN 1195-8316), which deals with Canadian publishing industry. Other new titles include EQ (ISSN 1050-7868) which covers sound recording techniques, Professional. Sound. Remix (ISSN 1532-1347), Music Week (ISSN 0265-1548), a U.K. music industry and retail trade publication, Choral Director, School Band and Orchestra (ISSN 1098-3694), and Musical Merchandise Review (ISSN 0027-4615). Selective coverage of Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society (ISSN 1003-2921). International Piano (ISSN 2042-0773) now incorporates Piano magazine. Full text has been added for journal of Historical Research in Music Education (ISSN 1536-6000). Canadian Journal for Traditional Music/La Revue de Musique Folklorique Canadienne has changed its name to Musicultures (indexed from 2002 forward).
Full text content for the following Oxford University Press titles has been removed (indexing will continue): Early Music, Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Music & Letters, The Musical Quarterly, and The Opera Quarterly.
JSTOR (http://(www.jstor.org/) is adding more music titles to its collections, including: Philosophy of Music Education Review, published by Indiana University Press, (Arts & Sciences VIII; ISSN 1063-5734) from volumes 1 (1993) through 14 (2006), with a three year moving wall. Also added, Music Perception, published by University of California Press (Arts & Sciences VIII; ISSN 0730-7829), volumes 1 (1983) through 24 (2006), also with a three year moving wall.
Previously missing issues added: Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, published by Ithaca College (Arts & Sciences VIII; ISSN 1536-6006) volume 27, numbers 1-2 (October 2005-April 2006). Also, Musica Disciplina, published by American Institute of Musicology Verlag Corpus-musicae, GmbH (Arts & Sciences VIII; ISSN 0077-2461), from 2003 through 2008.
Effective July 2010, JSTOR provides sales and fulfillment of UC Press journals, taking over from Caliber Press (for more information see Library Resource Center: http://ucpressjournals.com/libInfo.asp). JSTOR also provides journals via their new Current Scholarship program, designed to allow publishers to partner with JSTOR. More information is available in the libraries section of the JSTOR site. Content includes the Arts & Sciences Groups I through VIII and the Music Current list. The new JSTOR interface features search results from all databases, not only those subscribed to at a given institution.
Journal of Music History Pedagogy (http://www.ams-net.org/ojs/index.php/jmhp/;ISSN 2155-109X) is a bi-annual, open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal that just debuted in 2010 with volume 1, number 1 and is published by the Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society. This scholarly journal will appeal to academic institutions with all levels of undergraduate, graduate, or general studies. The first issue includes articles about classroom discussion, jazz history (textbook discourse), teaching music history, and book reviews. The issue also features an editorial on pedagogy scholarship in music history and a bibliography of sources on music history pedagogy since 2000.
Music Performance Research (MPR) (http://mpr-online.net/; ISSN 1755-9219) is an annual, open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal, published since 2007 by the Royal Northern College of Music, U.K. (free as of 2009). Subject focus is theoretical and empirical research on the performance of music; the editors are Dr. Clemens Woellner, Dr. Jane Ginsborg, and Dr. Antonia Ivaldi (Managing Editor). Articles are accepted from many fields including: archaeology, cultural studies, composition, computer science, education, ethnomusicology, history, medicine, music theory and analysis, physics, musicology, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and sociology. Languages; English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Popular Entertainment Studies (http://www.newcastle.edu.au/journal/popular-entertainment-studies/; ISSN 1837-9303) is a brand new online scholarly journal published by School of Drama, Fine Art and Music. University of Newcastle, Australia; the first issue, volume 1, number I will appear in 2010. The journal Web site describes it as "an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the investigation of all aspects of popular entertainments." It will be published semiannually and is freely available. The aim of this journal is to fill in gaps that exist in academic publishing in this field, due in part to its ephemeral nature. The editorial board includes experts in cultural studies, history, music, performing arts, creative writing, psychology, film, economics, spectatorship, and circus studies; these fields inform the content. Authors retain copyright: the current issue includes articles ranging from Oscar Wilde to La Cage Aux Folles, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Curators, archivists, scholars, and librarians may contribute and find this new publication useful to their work.
Revista do Conservatorio de Musica (http://conservatorio.ufpel.edu.br/revista/revista.html; ISSN 1984-350X) is a freely available, open access electronic journal (abstracts and articles available in PDF format) published by Conservatorio de Musica Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Portuguese, Spanish, English, and French. The current issue was published in December 2009 and the scope includes composition, musicology, performance practice, and interpretation.
RILM (hup://www.rilm.org) is no longer available via OVID (Silver Platter) as of January 2010 but is available via EBSCO, OCLC (FirstSearch and Worldcat Local), and ProQuest (CSA Illumina).
Songrama (http://www.webdemusica.org/sonograms/; ISSN 1989-1938) is a free, scholarly online journal published irregularly since 2008 by Webdemusica in Spanish. Catalan, and English. Content of a recent (2010) issue includes performance information, interviews, and book publication information. Articles range from sound duration to jazz and physiotherapy.
Soundofmusic: Musikaliska utflykter I ljud och oljud (http://www.soundofmusic.nu/) is a free, open access, Swedish electronic magazine, published by Soundofmusic, comprised mainly of reviews, but also consisting of musician and recording company profiles, concert and festival information, columns, and articles. Content is in Swedish, but may also be of interest to libraries outside Sweden with collections in experimental music and/or Scandinavian pop. Genres covered include jazz, rock, pop, noise, folk rock, minimalism, avant-pop, and more, with a decidedly noncommercial outlook (issue examined: April 2010).
TITLE, FREQUENCY, AND PUBLISHER CHANGES; CESSATIONS.
Bohuslav-Martinu-Stiftung Jahrbuch (ISSN 1424-2788), published by Verlag Peter Lang annually since 1996, changed titles as of 2009 and is now Martinu-Studien (ISSN 1662-5366).
Canadian Journal for Traditional Music (ISSN 1485-4422), published annually since 1973, changed titles in 2009 and is now Musicultures (ISSN 1920-4213).
The Classical Good CD & DVD Guide, published by Gramophone Publications Ltd. since 1987 (annual consumer guide), is The Gramophone Classical Music Guide as of 2008.
Huismuziek (ISSN 1380-829X), published 5 times per year by Vereniging voor Muziek en Instrumentenbouw (Netherlands) since 1993, is Huismuziek Nieuwsbrief as of 2008.
Jazz Thing, published 5 times per year by German publisher Verlag Axel Stinshoff since 1993, is Jazz Thing & Blue Rhythm as of 2010.
Musik og Forskning (Print) (ISSN 0903-188X), and Musik og Forskning (Online) (ISSN 1903-3060) published irregularly since 1975 by Koebenhavns Universitet, Musikvidenskab, have become Danish Musicology Online (ISSN 1904-237X), as of 2010.
Musikk fra Livets Begynnelse (ISSN 1890-095X), published quarterly since 1991 by Foreningen Musikk fra Livets Begynnelse, is now Ride Ranke: Musikk fra Livets Begynnelse, as of 2010.
Sound Ideas (Online) (ISSN 1 176-3795), published three times per year since 1997 in New Zealand (formerly in print version), is now e-Journal of Studies in Music Education (ISSN 1179-7851), as of 2010.
Friedrich-Kiel-Studien, published irregularly since 1993 by Verlag Christoph Dohr, ceased publication in 2007.
Jazz Times, published monthly since 1964 by British Jazz Society, ceased publication.
Planete Rythm and Blues (ISSN 1769-9274), published bimonthly in France by Laelia since 2004, ceased in 2007.
La Revue de la Musique (ISSN 1950-9073), published quarterly by Lafont Presse since 2005, ceased in 2008. '
SPECIAL JOURNAL ISSUES.
Ad Parnassum Vol. 7, Issue 14 (October 2009). This issue includes several articles about Mendelssohn, including bicentenary reflections, reception, analysis of string quartets and symphonies, and sonata forms.
American Record Guide Vol. 73, No. 3 (May-June 2010); Summer Festival Guide. This special summer issue includes classic Broadway original cast album reviews as well as features about summer festivals and tours (Madame White Snake premiere, Southeast Asian musical tour, Stravinsky festival).
Black Music Research Journal Vol. 30, No. 1 (Spring 2010): Southern Syncopated Orchestra, part 2. Howard Rye edited the second segment of this double issue set, featuring articles about the personnel, chronology, travel arrangements, and memories of the SSO.
Les Cahiers de la Societe Quebecoise de Recherche en Musique Vol. 11, Nos. 1-2 (2010): Ethics, Law and Music. Edited by Danick Trottier, this bilingual double issue features articles in French and English by scholars in Europe and North America. Articles are grouped as follows: Ethical stakes in the use and representation of music; moral values in music history; ethical and epistemological stakes in ethnomusicology; and, ethical and legal ramifications in music preservation.
Ethnomusicology Forum Vol. 19, Issue 1 (June 2010): Ethnomusicology and the Music Industries. This special issue was guest edited by Stephen Cottrell and derived in part from a 2007 conference of the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. Focus is on music industry and culture internationally and topics include digital democracy (production), Afghan music, management and values at the Buenos Aires International Music Fair, as well as profiles and reviews.
Filigrane No. 11 (June 2010): New Musi-cology: Critical Perspectives. This issue gathers articles from U.S., U.K., France and Canada, including perspectives on Taruskin and Stravinsky, subjectivity of value, survey of American new musicologists, expressivity and modernity, compositional subjects, systematic musicology, and other aspects of new musicology.
Film Music Quarterly Vol. 2, Issue 10 (2010): Music and the Moving image. The contents of this special issue include classical music and visual arts, You Tube and music promotion, video art and music, Finnish war sounds, and silent film with contemporary sound.
Jazz Perspectives Vol. 4, Issue 1 (2010): Rethinking Jazz Through the 1970s. Eric Porter edited this special issue featuring articles about race and marketing in early fusion jazz era, compositional ontology in post-song form jazz, and Japanese musical aesthetics in Toshiko Akiyoshi's work.
Journal of New Music Research Vol. 39, No. 2 (June 2010): Understanding Audience Experience. Stephanie E. Pitts edited this special issue of JNMR and contributed an editorial about audience experience. Articles address new audiences of classical music, jazz audiences, youth programs in Madrid, fan culture, and popular music in museums.
Opera News Vol. 75, No. 1 (July 2010): Opera and the Movies. Issue features coverage of Met HD broadcasts, opera "indie" productions, movie music, Zeffirelli productions and other opera Films in Hollywood, as well as other connections between acting and film.
Opera News Vol. 75, No. 2 (August 2010): French Focus. Articles address French performers such as Patricia Petibon (soprano), top French opera companies, Italian opera in France, Meyerbeer, and Massenet.
Popular Music and Society Vol. 33, No. 4 (October 2010): Popular Music and Journalism. Topics include authenticity in rock criticism, rockrgrl and representation, fanzines, British Press and the Beatles, and several others.
Revue Musicale de Suisse Romande 63, No. 1 (March 2010): Japan. Vincent Arlettaz edited this issue which includes articles about an arts university in Tokyo, Kabuki, shakuhachi, discographies, and bibliographies.