The role of sound, sound effects and music in movies is a topic of growing interest. Below are some examples of how to search Orbis for materials on this subject, and a selection of reference materials.
The Music Library has most of the books on movie music at Yale.
The American musical film song encyclopedia. Thomas S. Hischak. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1999.
The complete index to British sound film since 1928. Ed. Alan Goble. London ; Melbourne ; Munich ; New Providence, NJ : Bowker Saur, c1999.
Encyclopedia of motion picture sound. Marty McGee. Jefferson, N.C.; London: McFarland, c2001.
Film composers in America: a filmography, 1911-1970. Clifford McCarty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Film music collections in the United States: a guide. Hollywood, Calif.: Society for the Preservation of Film Music, 1996.
Film Score Monthly is a magazine about motion picture and television music. It focuses primarily on background music rather than scores. The website provides a supplement to their hardcopy magazine.
Cue-by-cue musical analysis of classic film and television scores.
Keeping score: film and television music, 1988-1997. Alvin H. Marill. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 1998.
A reference site to help the people identify music and songs in the public domain.
A research guide to film and television music in the United States. Jeannie Gayle Pool, H. Stephen Wright. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2011.
SoundtrackNet aims to centralize Internet resources relating to the genre of film and television music.
Soundtracks: an international dictionary of composers for film. Stewart R. Craggs. Aldershot, Hants, England; Ashgate, 1998.
Warner Bros. sound effects library. 2 CD-ROMs. Warner Bros. Richmond Hill, Ontario: Distributed by Sound Ideas, 1992.