Who We Are


Trailaurailty is a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada) funded audio-centered interdisciplinary research project about the soundscapes of trailer texts and what they communicate to the audience and how they engage with their audiovisual mediality.

Trailaurality the website is in addition, an interactive public space for discussing diverse perceptions of both contemporary trailer soundtracks and those from the digital era. As scholarly research, Trailaurality speaks to a constellation of theoretical concepts related to the trailer and its aural dimensions as a self-contained media form.



The Research Team

Curtis Perry

Curtis Perry has been a research assistant for the Trailaurality project since 2015. He holds an MA in Music and Culture with a specialization in Digital Humanities from Carleton University. He has previously taught a week-long course about music for film and television for students in grade 8-11, and now teaches with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Dr. James Deaville

Dr. James Deaville teaches Music in the School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is editor of Music in Television (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor (with Christina Baade) of Music and the Broadcast Experience (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has lectured and published about music and sound in the trailer, among others, in Music, Sound and the Moving Image (2014) and the Journal of Fandom Studies (2016). In 2012 he received an Insight Development Grant to explore music and sound in trailers. He is currently co-editing The Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising (2018).

Andrew Sproule

Andrew Sproule is an educator, musician, maker, and artist based in Toronto. He holds a Master of Arts in Music and Culture from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Guelph. His research is focused on pedagogies of musical improvisation, as well as the educational applications of maker culture. He has been a research assistant for the Trailaurality project since January 2016. Andrew is currently pursuing a Master of Teaching degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.