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“Ludomusi…what?” Introduction to game music research /departure talk

25.11.2016 to 25.11.2016 - Raum D / Q21
Host: Q21

“Ludomusi…what?” Introduction to game music research /departure talk


“Ludomusi…what?” Introduction to game music research /departure talk “Ludomusi…what?” Introduction to game music research /departure talk


fri, 25.11.2016
19.00 h - 22.00 h

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Venue: Raum D / Q21
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Melanie Fritsch
researcher video games, performance and music, Berlin

Since the turn of the millennium video game research or Game Studies has gradually become a field on its own. Despite its interdisciplinarity and heterogenous approaches, the field can build on a comprehensive body of research by now, while being still on the rise. Nevertheless, there had been a blind spot for a long time: Compared against other topics the sound and music of video games was mainly ignored. Even though music is often considered as a pivotal factor in order to “make the player feel” only a few researchers engaged in this area. Since Karen Collins’ seminal publications “Game Sound. An Introduction to the History, Theory, and Practice of Video Game Music” and “Sound Design and From Pac-Man to Pop Music” (both 2008) this situation has finally changed.

In this talk, the developing field of game music research or Ludomusicology and its several manifestations will be introduced. Besides the history and practice (compositional approaches, implementation) of game music, Ludomusicology engages with the relationship between music and game during play, from an aesthetic as well as from a designer’s point of view. Furthermore, questions of play, performance, and the broader spectrum of game music culture and musical fan practices are approached. In doing so, concepts prominent in the field of Game Studies such as interactivity and immersion are revisited in the discourse.

Melanie Fritsch M.A. studied theatre and performance studies, musicology and contemporary German literature. She has worked as research assistant at the Research Institute for Music Theatre (University of Bayreuth), and taught in the music theatre studies department at the same place. Currently she is finishing her PhD thesis “Performing bytes. Musikperformances der Computerspielkultur” (“Performing bytes. Music performances of video game culture”) in the research area of video games, performance and music.
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