Katherine Spring is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Her book, Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema (Oxford UP, 2013), shows how the relationship between Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley in the 1920s influenced the use of popular songs in the studios’ earliest synchronized-sound films. Her writings on film sound and music have appeared in Cinema Journal, Film History: An International Journal, and Music and the Moving Image as well as in several critical anthologies, and she is presently at work on a SSHRC-funded project about the impact of digital technology on film scoring in Hong Kong cinema. She received an Hon. BSc. from the University of Toronto and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In her spare time, she dissembles electric guitars and follows her children on narrated soundwalks.
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