American Folk Rock Cattle Raid: The Decemberists’s The Tain

By: Kendra Leonard (Humble, TX) // The Decemberists’s The Tain is a five-part, 18-minute audiovisual piece in which the music and lyrics obliquely comment on the story, crafted in stop-motion animation using paper silhouettes. In this confluence of music and literature, we hear and see an ancient Irish epic become a twentieth-century folk rock narrative. The … Continue reading American Folk Rock Cattle Raid: The Decemberists’s The Tain

Hearing Gender in George Lucas’s Galaxy

By: Kendra Leonard (Loveland, OH) // George Lucas’s Star Wars IV: A New Hope was the movie hit of 1977. Its score, composed by John Williams, was equally popular, winning the Oscar for Best Film Score and three Grammy awards; the American Film Institute even declared it the greatest American movie score of all time. … Continue reading Hearing Gender in George Lucas’s Galaxy