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James Denis Mc Glynn

James Denis Mc Glynn is a scholar of music in film and screen media. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on screen music at Royal Holloway, University of London and the School of Film, Music and Theatre, University College Cork. His doctoral thesis explored the rearrangement of pre-existing music in recent film and television scores. He serves on the editorial board for the journal Sonic Scope: New Approaches to Audiovisual Media and has reviewed for such eclectic publications as [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies and The Musicology Review. His writing has appeared Sonic ScopeThe Journal of Popular Music Studies, Music and the Moving Image and the anthology After Midnight: Watchmen After Watchmen. He is currently co-editing a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Sound and Music In Games and completing invited contributions for several publications, including The Oxford Handbook of Music And Television

James is an alumnus of the Quercus Talented Students Programme, having been awarded a coveted Quercus Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship in 2015. His receipt of a PhD Excellence Scholarship in 2017 enabled him to pursue his doctoral research at University College Cork. Soon after, James was invited to work as an instrumental tutor at the Tianmu Institute (Suzhou, China) and, in 2018, he completed a research residency at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris' Latin Quarter. As a performer, James served as conductor, arranger and creative director of the UCC Orchestra for several years. He is also a member of the Irish Gamelan Orchestra, with whom he has performed widely throughout Ireland and in Indonesia. In 2019, the group created and performed the score for Gare St. Lazare's production of Samuel Beckett’s ‘How It Is (Part 2)’, starring Conor Lovett and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, The Crown). The production featured as part of the 2021 Dublin Theatre Festival and, in 2022, toured to London as part of a 16-show off-West End residency at the Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill.

James has presented his research widely at conferences organised across Ireland, Europe and the USA. Most recently, he shared his work at the 9th and 10th annual North American Conference on Video Game Music, the 87th annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, and the 12th annual meeting of the International Musicological Society's Music and Media Study Group (Cleveland State University / Rock and Roll Hall of Fame). In 2023, James willl present at NYU's Music and the Moving Image XIX conference, having previously delivered papers as part of the conference's 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 iterations.

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