Re-Locating the Sounds of the Western examines the use and function of musical tropes and gestures traditionally associated with the American Western in new and different contexts ranging from Elizabethan theater, contemporary drama, space opera and science fiction, Cold War era European filmmaking, and advertising. Each chapter focuses on a notable use of Western musical tropes, textures, instrumentation, form, and harmonic language, delving into the resonance of the music of the Western to cite bravura, machismo, colonisation, violence, gender roles and essentialism, exploration, and other concepts.

chapter |12 pages


ByKendra Preston Leonard, Mariana Whitmer

chapter 1|14 pages

The Wild West meets the wives of Windsor

Shakespeare and music in the mythological American West
ByKendra Preston Leonard

chapter 2|16 pages

The commodification of the Western soundscape

ByMariana Whitmer

chapter 3|14 pages

High-senberg noon

Breaking Bad and the sounds of the West
ByJeffrey Bullins

chapter 5|16 pages

Sonic markers of the science fiction Western

ByS. Andrew Granade

chapter 6|21 pages

‘You can’t build an empire without getting a mite unscrupulous’

Music, ethics, and Cold War criticism in Doctor Who ’s ‘The Gunfighters’ (1966)
ByStanley C. Pelkey II

chapter 7|20 pages

From the Old West to the new future

Stoney Burke, The Outer Limits, and the Daystar stock music library
ByReba A. Wissner

chapter 8|14 pages

The soundscape of the East German Indianerfilme

ByJohanna Frances Yunker