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Ludo2019 Registration Open

We’re pleased to announce that registration for Ludo2019 is now open! You can view the Conference Programme here and for local information, check out our Visitor Pack here.

To register, please review the full conference details and purchase a ticket here. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at if you have any queries.

Registration closes Monday 22nd April

Looking forward to seeing you in Leeds!

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Ludo2019 Programme

Please follow this link for conference details and registration.

Day 1: 26th April 2019

9:00–9:30Registration, Coffee & Welcome
9:30–11:00Session 1 – Analysis and Approaches
  1. Stephen Tatlow – Halo: Transcription Evolved – Overcoming difficulties in transcribing modular video game scores
  2. Ariel Grez Valdenegro – Comparative analysis of the combat situations in Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger
  3. Joanna Bertram – Cinematic and orchestral scores in the evolution of video game music
11:00–11:30Tea & Coffee Break
11:30–12:30Keynote Session – Ubisoft Panel: Lydia Andrew (Audio Director) with composers Joe Henson and Alexis Smith (The Flight)
“The research process and realisation of the music in Assassins Creed Odyssey”
13:30–15:00Session 2 – Gender and Identity
  1. Andra Ivănescu ­– Inhuman music and the monstrous-feminine
  2. Andrew Goddard – ‘We are born of the blood, made men by the blood’: Exploring the preservation of hegemonic masculinity in Bloodborne’s sound and music
  3. Daniel Miranda – Containment and tension: The auditory dissonance of an adventuress princess
15:00–15:30Tea & Coffee Break
15:30–17:00Session 3 – Game Music and Wider Culture
  1. Donal Fullam ­– Valve and the sound of algorithmic culture
  2. Joana Freitas – “Meme aside, it is still a great song”: videogame music and its roles in the culture of internet memes
  3. Hyeonjin Park – ‘I got nightmare eyes!’: Understanding madness from players’ interpretation of diegetic and nondiegetic music in Night in the Woods
EveningPub Quiz

University of California Press - JSMG

Day 2, 27th April 2019

9:30–11:00Session 4 – Agency and Effect
  1. Lucy Harrison – Principles of gaming sound design in interactive and immersive theatre
  2. Pulaporn Sreewichian – Influence of background music on players’ experience and emotional perception in different game level designs
  3. Costantino Oliva – Ergodic musicking
11:00–11:30Tea & Coffee Break
11:30–12:30Keynote Session – Joe Thom
13:30–14:00Journal of Sound and Music in Games: Meet the Editors
14:00–15:00Keynote Session – James Newman
“Seventeen Seconds of Sanxion”
15:00–15:30Tea & Coffee Break
15:30–17:15Session 5 – Design and Practice
  1. Matthew Crossley, Stuart Cunningham and Nathan Robinson – Musical meanings: A game-a-week theme to teach computer games design students
  2. Steven Lewis – Enhancing emotional immersion by combining procedurally experience-driven music and sequenced event-based audio implementation techniques
  3. Richard Stevens & Dave Raybould – Workshop: Building an audio driven game in 45 minutes (or less!)
EveningConference Dinner at Salvo’s Salumeria
Private dining. 115 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3PX.

Liverpool University Press - MSMI

Day 3, 28th April 2019

9:30–11:00Session 6 – Adaptation and Change
  1. Clodagh Owens – From polygons to 4k: Remasters, nostalgia and fandom opinion
  2. Raymond Sookram – Paracosmic multimedia: Transmedial characters and video game music
  3. Zachary Diaz and Sofia Lago – “Killing Monsters”: Representations and adaptations of Eastern European folklore in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
11:00–11:30Tea & Coffee Break
11:30–12:30Session 7 – Hard Questions about Hardware
  1. George Reid – Chiptune and the remediation of limitation
  2. Stefan Höltgen – Hard bit rock: Challenges and chances of preserving soundware
13:30–14:30Keynote: Paul Weir
“Developing Game Audio Software – Lessons Learnt, Definitions Defined, Stupidities Confirmed”
14:30–15:00Tea & Coffee Break
15:00–15:30Wrap Up and Final Thoughts

Ludo2019 Call for Papers

We are excited to announce that Ludo2019, the Eighth European Conference on Video Game Music and Sound, will take place April 26th – 28th at Leeds Beckett University.

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

The organizers of Ludo2019 are accepting proposals for research presentations. This year, we are particularly interested in papers that support the conference theme of ‘Implementation and Preservation’. We also welcome all proposals on sound and music in games.

Proposed papers might be presented as part of planned sessions on:

  • Archiving and preserving game sound
  • Retro musical aesthetics in modern games
  • Approaches, implications and effects of implementation systems for game audio
  • Musical meanings: players’ interpretations and perceptions of music during gameplay
  • Playing (with) game music in game music cultures.

Presentations should last twenty minutes, to be followed by questions. The conference language is English. Please submit your paper proposal (c.250 words) plus provisional bibliography by email to by February 15th 2019.

Practitioners and composers may submit proposals to present work. We 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:

James Newman (Bath Spa University) as keynote speaker, who is co-founder and curator of the National Video Games Archive, author of Videogames (2004/2013), Playing with Videogames (2008), 100 Videogames (2007), Teaching Videogames (2006) and A History of Videogames (2018).

Paul Weir (EARCOM), as keynote speaker, who is a composer, sound designer and audio director, known for his work in games, generative audio, radio and audio books. He has soundtracked over forty games, including the widely acclaimed No Man’s Sky.

Joe Thom (TTGames), as keynote speaker, who is a sound designer best known for his work on the Lego game series.

Lydia Andrew (Ubisoft), Audio Director for the Assassin’s Creed series at the Montreal studio, with Joe Henson and Alexis Smith of “The Flight”, composers of Assassin’s Creed Origins.

Hosted by Richard Stevens (Course Director, MSc. in Sound and Music for Interactive Games; School of Film, Music & Performing Arts)

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

News Roundup & thank you for coming to Ludo 2018!

With apologies for the late posting of this roundup, thank you firstly to all our Ludo 2018 delegates! Aside from some frustrating but unavoidable travel issues due to poor weather conditions, the conference was a great success! It’s been the first Ludo conference ever held in Germany, and with around 80 participants it was also the biggest!

A special thanks goes out to our wonderful hosts Christoph Hust (Zentrum für Musikwissenschaft Leipzig) and Martin Roth (JGames Initiative Leipzig) and their teams, our fantastic Keynote speakers Kristine Jørgensen, Adele Cutting and Michael Austin, as well as our generous sponsors EA Blog für digitale Spielkultur and Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur.

We’d like to thank all you fabulous people who came to Ludo2018 and helped to make it such a memorable event for us! Thank you for all the excellent talks, discussions, and overall for being a lovely community. We hope to see all of you next year in… well, we will reveal that very soon. Stay tuned!

News Roundup

We’re delighted to share links to the following articles related to Ludo2018.

    1. Preview on Ludo2018:
    2. The German media education institution Grimme-Institut (a non-profit research and service institution that deals with media and communication) has launched a full dossier on Games and Music (all articles in German language), including:
    3. A short article and audio interview with Melanie about the Ludo2018 conference conducted by Martin Lorber of the EA Blog für Digitale Spielkultur (German language):
    4. Ludo2018 conference review by Trevor Rawbone (Melodrive):
    5. This podcast discusses Ludo2018 and music in games on the basis of Daniel Heinz’ Grimme-Game review:

Other links not directly related to the conference to recent media features:

  1. Overview:
  2. Radio-feature by Tobias Nowak (WDR 5) about the Grimme-Institut workshop conducted by Jan-Torge Claussen dealing with games and music education during gamescom congress (German language):
  3. Report by Daniel Heinz on the Grimme-Institut workshop conducted by Jan Torge Claussen dealing with games and music education during Gamescom congress (German language):
  4. Interview with Melanie Fritsch and the Sound Architect on Ludomusicology:
  5. Tim Summers and other guests on BBC Radio 3’s The Listening Service:
  6. Radio feature with Melanie about game music on Deutschlandfunk (German language):
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