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


chapter 1|14 pages

The Wild West meets the wives of Windsor

Shakespeare and music in the mythological American West

chapter 3|14 pages

High-senberg noon

Breaking Bad and the sounds of the West

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)

chapter 7|20 pages

From the Old West to the new future

Stoney Burke, The Outer Limits, and the Daystar stock music library