Author: Mark Sweeney

Registration Open for #Ludo2017

We’re delighted to announce that registration for Ludo2017 is now open!

Details on registration, travel, accommodation and the preliminary programme are on this page here. To go straight to registration, please click the button below!

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We look forward to joining you in Bath for what promises to be a really exciting event!

Melanie, Michiel, Tim, Mark

Official Launch of The Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games (SSSMG)!

We are very excited to announce the official launch of The Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games (SSSMG)!

The SSSMG is a network that’s been developed by the Ludomusicology Research Group, the North American Conference on Video Game Music, Audio Mostly, and an extensive advisory board of leading academics and practitioners. The aim is to provide a hub to connect together people working on game audio and to support advances in the understanding of sound and music in games.

The SSSMG helps anyone who investigates game sound and music, whether in an academic or professional setting, to discuss the topic together, exchange ideas and information, and keep up-to-date with new research. Anyone can join, and the members are always looking for new approaches to the subject.

SSSMG will make publicly available:

  • General news
  • General Society contact info
  • Links to other affiliated societies/groups
  • Events Calendar (view only)
  • Newly revised, keyworded and searchable Bibliography

Registered members will have additional access to:

  • Network with searchable, keyworded members’ directory
  • Submit events for publication on the Calendar
  • Share conference presentations and Green OA publications in a subject repository
  • Compose and submit news posts
  • Contribute to Bibliography Project

Further member benefits and services will be added in the future. Visit www.sssmg.org to find out more!

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Ludo 2017 Call for Papers

We’re delighted to announce that Ludo2017, the Sixth Easter Conference on Video Game Music and Sound, will take place April 20th – 22nd at Bath Spa University, UK.

 

Please share our Call for Papers poster online and around your institutions.

The organizers of Ludo2017 are accepting proposals for research presentations at the sixth annual Easter conference. While we welcome all proposals on sound and music in games, we are particularly interested in papers that support the theme of ‘Performance’, understood in the broadest sense. Possible topics on this theme include:

  • Chips and sonic outputs,
  • Playing with, and within, technological audio constructs,
  • Sound and ludic interaction,
  • Histories of developing techniques and tools,
  • Game audio aesthetics and approaches,
  • Composition with game technologies (chips, engines, etc.).

Presentations should last twenty minutes, to be followed by questions. Please submit your paper proposal (c.250 words) by email to ludomusicology@gmail.com by January 31st 2017.

Composers and practitioners may also submit a proposal to present work at the conference.

bath_spa_university_logo-svgWe also welcome session proposals from organizers representing two to four individuals; the organizer should submit an introduction to the theme and c.200 word proposals for each paper.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Kenneth McAlpine (Abertay University), author of Bits and Pieces: A History of Chiptunes (OUP, 2017), with further keynote speakers and guests to be announced shortly.

www.ludomusicology.org | #ludo2017
Hosted by Professor James Newman, Bath Spa University.
Organized by Melanie Fritsch, Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, Mark Sweeney.

Melanie Fritsch joins Ludomusicology Research Group

We are delighted to announce that Melanie is officially joining our Research Group. Melanie has been an avid supporter of our conference over the years, and plays a critical role in championing research on video game sound and music in Germany. She has already been providing generous support to us (if you’ve noticed increased Twitter activity from us in recent months, that’s entirely thanks to Melanie) and we’re very excited to have her on board as we continue our work on the annual international conferences, as well as other projects.

melanieMelanie Fritsch M.A. has worked as research assistant at the Research Institute for Music Theatre (University of Bayreuth) between 2008 and 2013, and has taught in the Music Theatre Studies department at that very place (B.A./M.A.). Currently she is writing her PhD thesis “Performing bytes. Musikperformances der Computerspielkultur” (“Performing bytes. Music performances of video game culture“). Her recent publications appeared in Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music, Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play, and the Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio.

She is also editor of the 2011 issue of “ACT – Zeitschrift für Musik und Performance” focusing on video games and music, and has been a member of the AHRC research network “Guitar Heroes in Music Education? Music-based video-games and their potential for musical and performative creativity” in 2014-2015. She also co-organizes the researching games BarCamp 2017 in Berlin.

 

For more information (talks, publications, activities, full CV) see http://uni-bayreuth.academia.edu/MelanieFritsch or meet her on Twitter @myfritsch.

Upcoming talks: http://subotron.com/veranstaltung/ludomusicology/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/210114469366505/.

Latest thing: https://spielkult.hypotheses.org/1186.

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