Dr Alexander Binns

Lecturer in Music

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Director of Postgraduate Studies in Music/ Programme Director, MMus/ Convenor Newland Lecture Series in Music

Alexander Binns’s main research interests deal with music in film, the use of music in Japanese culture, musical modernism, opera and, more generally, music as an interdisciplinary phenomenon and its relationship with space and geography, in particular the city.

He has published within these areas and has received external research funding from a range of bodies including the Anglo-Daiwa Foundation, the Sasakawa Foundation and the AHRC.


Research Interests

  • Music in film

  • The use and function of music in the films of Woody Allen.

  • Opera

  • Music as an interdisciplinary phenomenon in its relations with space and geography

  • The city and its intersection with literature and visual culture

  • The ways in which music is used as a visual theme in Japanese woodblock prints and how this shapes an understanding of musical categories in Japanese culture.


• Music and Sound in the Films of Woody Allen (forthcoming)

• ‘Cozarinsky’s La Guerre d’un seul homme and Musical Categories: (Re)-Framing Pfitzner, Strauss, Schreker, and Schoenberg Cinematically’, in Music, Modern Culture and the Critical Ear, Nicholas Attfield and Ben Winters (eds), New York: Routledge, 139-64 (2017)

• ‘'Sounding’ Japanese: Traditions of Music in Japanese Cinema’ in The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, Miguel Mera, Ron Sadoff, Ben Winters (eds), New York: Routledge, pp 428-39.(2017)

• ‘Looking and Listening: Music and Sound as Visual Trope in Ukiyo-e’, in Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture, Anne Leonard and Tim Shephard (eds), New York: Routledge, pp 120-27 (2014)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Music, History and Society

  • Film Music

  • Special Study

  • Contexts of Music

  • Music Studies I

  • Music Studies II

  • Technical Skills I

  • Technical Skills II

  • Special Study

Research PhDs

  • Film music

  • Music and culture of Japan

  • Modernism

  • Opera studies

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • MA (Oxford)

  • MSt (Oxford)

  • DPhil (Oxford)