Author: Michiel Kamp

Ludo2024 Call for Papers

The Ludomusicology Research Group is pleased to announce the Ludo2024 Thirteenth European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound, hosted by Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona at the Technocampus – UPF in Mataró, Spain, 11 – 13 July next year. The organizers of Ludo2024 are now accepting proposals for research presentations.

We welcome proposals on all aspects of sound and music in games.

This year, we are particularly interested in papers that support the conference theme of ‘Sound, Music, and Space’. Papers on this topic may include:
➢ Soundscapes (e.g. relations between ambient music and environmental sound)
➢ Spatiality and technology (e.g. spatial audio in games)
➢ Music in ludic spaces (e.g. pen & paper sessions, LARPs)
➢ Alien spaces (e.g. musical soundtracks and building fantastic realities)
➢ Crossover spaces and sound (e.g. game sound vs. other media realities)
➢ Sound, theatrical spaces and games (e.g. performances in games; game performances outside games)

Presentations should last twenty minutes and will be followed by questions. Please submit your paper proposal (c.250 words) with a short provisional list of literature by email to ludomusicology@gmail.com by February 29th, 2024. We aim to communicate the programme decisions by March 14th, 2024. If you require more information, please email the organizers.

We encourage practitioners and composers to submit proposals for showcasing practice as research. The conference will be held in person, but with remote access options available.

www.ludomusicology.org | #ludo2024
Hosted by Lidia López Gómez, Tecnocampus – UPF, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Organized by Melanie Fritsch, Andra Ivănescu, Michiel Kamp & Tim Summers.

Ludo2023 Programme and Registration

The draft programme schedule for the Ludo2023 Twelfth European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound held at the University of Edinburgh from March 23rd to 25th is now available here. Paper abstracts can be viewed on the programme page as well.

Registration has also opened and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite for both online access and in-person attendance.

For more information on the conference, including location and travel information, please see the conference information page.

We look forward to you joining us in person and remotely in March!

Ludo2023 Call for Papers

The Ludomusicology Research Group is pleased to announce the Ludo2023 Twelfth European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound, to be held at the University of Edinburgh, 23-25 March next year. The organizers of Ludo2023 are now accepting proposals for research presentations.

We welcome proposals on all aspects of sound and music in games.

This year, we are particularly interested in papers that support the conference theme of ‘Sound and Music Beyond the Human’. Papers on this topic may include:
➢ Monstrosity, horror and the gothic
➢ Cyborgs and the machinic
➢ Transhumanism and posthumanism
➢ Non-human speech and voices
➢ Aliens and alterity
➢ Artificial intelligences and non-human agencies
➢ Dehumanising sounds
➢ Fantastic creatures and cosmic horror
➢ Uncanny voices and synthetic sounds
➢ Supernatural sound and music
➢ Creatures, fantastic and otherwise

Presentations should last twenty minutes and will be followed by questions. Please submit your paper proposal (c.250 words) with a short provisional list of literature by email to ludomusicology@gmail.com by January 6th, 2023. We aim to communicate the programme decisions by January 20th, 2023. If you require more information, please email the organizers.

We encourage practitioners and composers to submit proposals for showcasing practice as research. The conference will be held in person, but with remote access options available.

www.ludomusicology.org | #ludo2023
Hosted by James Cook, Reid School of Music, Edinburgh College of Art.
Organized by Melanie Fritsch, Andra Ivănescu, Michiel Kamp & Tim Summers.

Ludo2022 Call for Papers

The Ludomusicology Research Group is pleased to announce the Ludo2022 Eleventh European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound, to be held in person at Royal Holloway, University of London, 21-23 April next year, with remote access options available.

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

We welcome proposals on all aspects of sound and music in games.

This year, we are particularly interested in papers that support the conference theme of ‘Music, Myth, and Magic in Video Games’. Papers on this topic may include:

  • Narrative and storytelling in soundtracks
  • Medievalism, folklorism, and other forms of musical representation
  • Performativity, performance, and spectacle
  • Game music and the fantastical
  • Sound and music and/as magical interaction
  • Power, control, and ability in games and audio
  • Negotiating realism with games and sound

Presentations should last twenty minutes and will be followed by questions. Please submit your paper proposal (c.250 words) with a short provisional list of literature by email to ludomusicology@gmail.com by January 14th, 2022. We aim to communicate the programme decisions by January 28th, 2022. If you require more information, please email the organizers.

We encourage practitioners and composers to submit proposals for showcasing practice as research.

We are delighted to announce that a keynote address will be given by Professor Karen M. Cook (Hartford University). Professor Cook specialises in the history and theory of late medieval music and the study of video game music, especially with regard to aural depictions of the historical and fantastical past. Her publications include ‘Medievalism and emotions in video game music’, ‘Beyond (the) Halo: Chant in Video Games’, and ‘Music, History, and Progress in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV’.

Organized by Melanie Fritsch, Andra Ivanescu, Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, & Mark Sweeney.

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