My colleague Georgina Barton and I have just published a paper on the role of music in the construction of meaning in the animated move version of the picture book, The Lost Thing, by Shaun Tan. Music seems to be ignored by researchers interested in the multimodal construction of meaning and is also ignored in most of the teaching about multimodal texts in schools. Georgina has provided the documentation about how the music contributes to the construction of key meanings in this movie. Check out our work in the Australian Journal of Language and Literacy:
Barton, G., & Unsworth, L. (2014). Music, multiliteracies and multimodality: Exploring the book and movie versions of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 37(1), 3-20.