Dr Rebecca Coyle BEd(State College of Vic) MA(UTS) PhD(Macq)

Rebecca Coyle taught at SCU from 2003, and also at Macquarie University, Sydney, the
University of Technology, Sydney, and for various other institutions in London, Melbourne
and Sydney. Her research interests centred on Australian cultural productions and
critical analysis. She has published on various aspects of radio production, holographic
art, sound art, country music and documentary film. In the last decade, her publications
have coalesced around screen music and sound, and she led a team of researchers on the
four-year ARC Discovery Project DP0770026 ‘Music production and technology in Australian
Film: enabling Australian film to embrace innovation’ from 2007 to 2010. Her most recent
research focused on regional and rural creative industries, and she was a Board Member of
Regional Arts New South Wales. She was also on the Editorial Boards for three scholarly
journals, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
(Sage); Music and the Moving Image (Steinhardt Centre, NYU); and Metro magazine (ATOM,
Melbourne); as well as Editor for the open access online journal Screen Sound: The
Australasian Journal of Soundtrack Studies http://www.screensoundjournal.org/. 

Journal articles


Revisiting the greening of prime-time television soap operas (with Kitty van Vuuren and Susan Ward), Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy (2013)

In 1990, Christopher Rissel and William Douglas commenced a study of the depiction of environmental...



Subtle idiosyncracy: sound and music in the Australian animated short film 'The Lost Thing' (2010) (with Jon Fitzgerald and Philip Hayward), Screen Sound (2013)

Sean Tan and Andrew Ruhemann’s collaborative screen adaptation of Tan’s graphic short story ‘The Lost...



North of Hollywood north: Bowen Island and screen production networks, Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures (2012)

Bowen Island is located close to the British Columbian metropolis of Vancouver, in southwest Canada....



Musical modernism in Brian May's Australian film scores (with Michael Francis Hannan), Screening the Past (2011)


Activating the teaching-research nexus in smaller universities: case studies highlighting diversity of practice (with William E. Boyd, Meg O'Reilly, Daniel J. Bucher, Kath Fisher, Anja Morton, Peter Lynton Harrison, Elaine Nuske, and Karyn Rendall), Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice (2010)

The teaching-research nexus (TRN) has become an important process in the modern University, providing both...



Drawn to sound: animation film music and sonicity, School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2009)

Animation films are widely consumed in the general population and the study of animation films...


Reel tracks: Australian feature film music and cultural identities, School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (2005)

Over the last decade popular cinema has employed a variety of forms of music. These...


Screen scores: studies in contemporary Australian film music, School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (1998)

Apparition: holographic art in Australia (with Philip Hayward), School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (1995)

Long before virtual reality captured the imagination, holography provided artists with a new, challenging, three-dimensional...


Sound in space: adventures of Australian sound art, 26 May - 22 August 1995 / curated by Rebecca Coyle, School of Arts and Social Sciences Papers (1995)

Sound in Space features both new and extant works. The exhibition aims to present exemplary...


Book chapters

Time warp: sonic retro-futurism in the Jetsons (with Alex Mesker), Music in science fiction television: tuned to the future (2013)

Are you there?, Virtual encounters: Paula Dawson - holograms (2010)

Disney does Broadway: musical storytelling in The Little Mermaid and The Lion King (with Jon Fitzgerald), Drawn to sound: animation film music and sonicity (2010)

DreamWorking Wallace & Gromit: musical thematics in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (with Peter Morris), Drawn to sound: animation film music and sonicity (2010)

Introduction: Drawn to sound: animation film music and sonicity, Drawn to sound: animation film music and sonicity (2010)



Spectacular synchronisation: songs, animation and Happy Feet (with Philip Hayward), Music on the edge : selected papers from 2007 IASPM Australia/New Zealand Conference (2008)


Radio Norfolk: community and communication on Norfolk Island, 2nd International Small Island Cultures Conference (2006)

My interest and research into the radio service on Norfolk Island commenced with a three-month...


Bazza's bawdy ballads...and other aspects of the Barry McKenzie film musics (with Michael Francis Hannan), Proceedings of Credits rolling: Selected papers: 12th Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (2004)

Calling Australia home: Australian film music, Changing sounds: new directions and configurations in popular music, IASPM 1999 Conference (2000)


Radio VL2NI on Norfolk Island: finding the 'community' in 'community radio', Report to Norfolk Island Administration (2000)