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Dr Liz Greene

Dr Liz Greene

Telephone: 0151 231 4756


I am an academic and sound practitioner whose main research interests are in the theory, history and practice of film sound. I teach and write about sound design and I specialise in sound effects, the voice and sound archiving. I am also an Avid Certified Instructor teaching Pro Tools. I have worked in the Irish film and television industries for the past 15 years. I worked on the multi-award winning drama series Pure Mule, which received an Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Award for best sound in film and television at the 2006 awards ceremony. I recently completed the location sound for Breathe (James Doherty, 2015), a sound edit and mix for Yakov Yanki Jack (Colette Lewis, 2015), and the sound design and music for a 60 minute documentary film We Were There (Laura Aguiar & Cahal McLaughlin, 2014). My more recent research has been interested in the audiovisual essay and videographic criticism.


2008, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, PhD in Film Studies
2003, University College Dublin, Ireland, MA in Film Studies
2001, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, BDes Sound Design

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, England, York St John University, 2008 - 2009


Highlighted publications

Greene L, Kulezic-Wilson D. 2016. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media Integrated Soundtracks Palgrave Macmillan 9781137516794

Journal article

Banks M, Baron C, Buhler J, Cartier N, Lopez L, Mera M, Smith J, Greene L. 2018. Media Dialogues: A Scholarly Roundtable Dienstfrey E, Long C. Velvet Light Trap, :43-60

Greene L. 2018. "Do it for Van Gogh: detecting and perverting the audience position in David Lynch's Blue Velvet" NECSUS : European Journal of Media Studies,

Greene L. 2017. Falar, Cantar, Gritar: o controle da voz feminina no cinema americano (Speaking, Singing, Screaming: controlling the female voice in american cinema) Leitura: Teoria & Práctica, 35 :67-83

Greene L. 2017. (Not) Teaching The Elephant Man Cox-Stanton T, McKim K. The Cine-Files,

Greene L. 2016. The Labour of Breath: performing and designing breath in cinema Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 10 :109-133

Greene L. 2016. Silence SEQUENCE: Serial Studies in Media, Film and Music, 5.1

Greene L. 2012. Swamped in Sound: The Sound Image in Lucrecia Martel’s La cienaga/The Swamp Printed Project – Physical Stuff Made Strange, 15 :52-60

Greene L. 2012. Bringing vinyl into the digital domain: Aesthetics in David Lynch’s Inland Empire The New Soundtrack, 2 :97-111 >DOI

Greene L. 2009. Speaking, Singing, Screaming: Controlling the Female Voice in American Cinema The Soundtrack, 2 :63-76 >DOI

Greene L. 2004. Ambiguity: Walter Murch and the metaphoric use of sound in The Godfather, The Conversation and Apocalypse Now Film and Film Culture, 3 :107-113


2016. The Elephant Man (video essay)

2015. The Sound of Middle Aged Nostalgia

2015. Velvet Elephant


Greene L. 2016. Sound Recording, Sound Design and Collaboration: An interview with Ann Kroeber Greene L. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media Integrated Soundtracks Palgrave Macmillan 9781137516794

Greene L. 2016. From Noise: Blurring the Boundaries of the Soundtrack Greene L. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media Integrated Soundtracks Palgrave Macmillan 9781137516794

Greene L. 2015. Music and montage: Punk, speed and histories of the troubles Film, History and Memory :169-182 9781137468956 >DOI

Greene L. 2015. Music and Montage: Punk, speed and histories of the Troubles Film, History and Memory :169-182 Springer 9781137468956

Greene L. 2013. Placing the three Bernadettes: audio-visual representations of Bernadette Devlin McAliskey Truth, Dare Or Promise Art and Documentary Revisited :112-135 Cambridge Scholars Pub 9781443849593

Greene L. 2007. The Woman Sings: sound design and meaning in Hollywood cinema Irish Films, Global Cinema: Studies in Irish Film 4 Four Courts Press. Dublin 978-1-84682-081-6

Greene L. 2006. Designing Asynchronous Sound for Film National Cinemas and World Cinema: Studies in Irish Film 3 :134-140 Four Courts Press. Dublin


Greene L, Kulezic-Wilson D. 2016. The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media Integrated Soundtracks Palgrave Macmillan 9781137516794


Greene L. Velvet Elephant

Engagement & Impact

Conference presentation:

Working With Children and Animals: An archival sound study of Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion (1979) and Never Cry Wolf (1983), Music and the Moving Image, New York University, Oral presentation 24/05/2018

“Fragmented Voices: locating the grain of documentary sound ethics”, Sound and Music in Documentary Film Symposium, University of Huddersfield, England, Oral presentation 23/02/2017

“In/between the archive and the audiovisual essay: connecting practices”, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), Potsdam, Germany, Oral presentation 28/07/2016

“The archive, the audiovisual essay, and the auteur”, Screen, University of Glasgow, Scotland, Oral presentation 24/06/2016

“Breath and the body: sound design in the cinema”, Music and the Moving Image Conference (MaMI), NYU Steinhardt, USA,, Oral presentation 27/05/2016

“Sounding Out David Lynch’s Blue Velvet”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Chicago, USA, Oral presentation 22/03/2016

Conference organisation:

The Audiovisual Essay in Ireland, Co-Organiser and Co-Facilitator,

12th Irish Screen Studies Seminar Series, Dublin City University, Ireland, Symposium Organisor,

Music and the Moving Image Conference, NYU Steinhardt, USA., Conference Organising Committee,

Editorial boards:

Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, International Advisory Board,

The Soundtrack, Editorial Board,,id=146/view,page=3/

External collaboration:

University of Reading, External Examiner Department of Film, Theatre and Television Studies BA (Hons) in Film and Theatre September 2016 - August 2020

Plymouth University, External Academic Assessor

Canterbury Christ Church University, External Assessor

Ballyfermot College of Higher Education, External Examiner

University of Chester, External Examiner

London South Bank University, External Examiner

External committees:

Programmatic Review for MA Broadcast Production, Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies - Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, External Assessor/Panel Member,


Fellow of the HEA, Higher Education Academy,

Industrial connections:

Irish Film and Television Academy, Sound Jury,

Media Coverage:,,, Brews and Brows: Shaping Stories from Eyebrows to Scousebrows

Other invited event:

Sound for Film Masterclass, BFI Film Academy, Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Masterclass on sound for film for BFI Film Academy young filmmakers

Scholarship in Sound & Image: Workshop on Videographic Criticism, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA, Guest Mentor and Guest Speaker at Videographic Workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Research Grants Awarded:

Higher Education Academy UK Travel Fund, Engaging Students, David Grant, Ruth Walmsley (Queen's University Belfast), Grant value (£): 500, Duration of research project: 6 months

University of Glasgow, School of Arts Research Committee, Sound and Moving Image Research Group (SMIRG) network, Dr David Code, Dr Ian Garwood, Dr Louise Harris (University of Glasgow), Grant value (£): 2740, Duration of research project: 4 months

SPUR Fully Funded PhD University of Ulster, Alan Splet and Sound Design: An Archival Study, Grant value (£): 39,000, Duration of research project: Four years

British Academy (Overseas Conference Grant), "Future proofing the sound archive: some sound lessons from the sound archive" Cultural Studies Association Conference (workshop presentation) UC Berkeley, California, USA, 20th March 2010., Grant value (£): 500, Duration of research project: March 2010

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Videographic Criticism Scholarship, Sound Design in Cinema, Grant value (£): Full costs and stipend to attend two-week workshop at Middlebury College, Vermont, USA, Duration of research project: June 2015

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice