David Clem is a doctoral candidate in Historical Musicology and Theory at the University at Buffalo, SUNY where he is completing his dissertation “O Fortuna” and the Mythic Medieval: A Study in Multimedia Reception under the guidance of Dr. James Currie. His research interests include the theory and history of musical multimedia, music and philosophy, and the application of linguistic models from semiotics and pragmatics to music.
He regularly presents research at the Music and the Moving Image Conference held annually at NYU’s Steinhardt School, on topics ranging from Aaron Copland’s score to Our Town (1940), to a comparative analysis of the opening credit sequences of Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010-). He has also delivered papers in various formats at the Society for American Music, where he looks forward to a delivering a poster presentation this March on the use of “O Fortuna” in recent television commercials. His recently published essay “Music, Magic, and the Intermedial Gap: Or How Music Aids the Adaptation Process in the Harry Potter Films,” appears in Harry Potter Intermedial: Untersuchungen zu den (Film-) Welten von Joanne K. Rowling, edited by Tobias Kuriwinkel (Konighausen & Neumann, 2014), and explores how the affective and narrative properties of music effect current theories on the adaptation of literature to film.
In addition to his musicological research, David is active as a composer and violist in the Buffalo (NY) area. He is a violist with and board member of the Amherst Chamber Ensembles, Inc., and also performs as a section player with the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra and the Southern Tier Symphony.