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RMA Study Day

Just a quick notice regarding the RMA Study Day–registration will open shortly (in a few days) and details will appear here and on our various social media websites!

Thank you all for your interest and patience!

RMA Study Day – Call For Papers

Royal Musical Association
Call for Papers: Royal Musical Association Study Day

Ludomusicology: Game Music Research – Approaches and Aesthetics


The inaugural Ludomusicology conference will be held at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, on 16th April 2012.  Please click above for details.

RMA Study Day 2012

Royal Musical Association
Call for Papers: Royal Musical Association Study Day
Ludomusicology: Game Music Research – Approaches and Aesthetics



The Ludomusicology research group will be hosting a study day on video game music to take place on the 16th April, 2012 at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. This will be the first UK musicology symposium dedicated to video game music. The study day will include research papers and discussion workshops.

The confirmed speakers include: Anahid Kassabian (University of Liverpool), Nimrod Productions (game audio production company) and Isabella van Elferen (Utrecht University).

We are seeking papers for the Royal Musical Association Study Day on video game music. Paper proposals are welcome from both academic musicologists and those working in the video game industry.

We gladly accept proposals on any topic of video game music, and may papers may contain interdisciplinary import of any type. Discussion is particularly welcome on subjects such as:

  • Interactivity and music
  • Popular music and video games
  • Pre-existing music in video games
  • Immersion and music
  • Narrative strategies
  • Realism and music
  • Dynamic music
  • History of video game music
  • Game music fandom (including game music outside the game)
  • Sound design
  • Game music technology
  • Approaches to analyzing and creating game music
  • Game music aesthetics

Following the study day, the papers will be edited into a volume of collected proceedings and posted on the website. Papers should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes allowed for discussion. Shorter papers will also be considered for inclusion. Proposals should be no more than 250 words in length and sent as an attachment to




For more information, visit, or e-mail

Organizers: Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, Mark Sweeney and Huw Catchpole-Davies.

Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony London

Last night [Tuesday] I went to the Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary concert.

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a video games concert with better production value that worked to my sometimes overly awkward classical ear. This was something else! The quality of the sound was phenomenal. I couldn’t believe that the sound engineer managed to mic up the full orchestra and still get them to sound balanced with such consistency throughout the performance. Nailed it!

For those of you who didn’t manage to see the Tokyo, LA or London showing I’ll just mention that the CD will be well worth the buy when it comes out. All I’m going to say about the music is the obvious: it brought up so many memories from my child(adult)hood that at times I was very moved. By far my favourite of the night was the Wind Waker Medley, so look out for it!

Another great feature of this night was the host, Zelda Williams. For those of you that don’t know the story, she is the daughter of the actor Robin Williams, who named his daughter after [Princess] Zelda in 1989. At most video-game concerts I’ve seen, the host has usually been someone hired for their looks rather than for their knowledge about games. This girl knew her stuff!, and even admitted to being moved by the music as much as any other member of the audience there that night. She later posted on twitter that the London crowd were awesome, so well done team-UK!

I must say that as a trained classical musician I’ve never ever, ever seen a crowd get more behind, and emotionally involved in the music as I saw last night. So much cheering, so much applause, so much silence when the music required it! In fact, the sheer gravity of Koji Kondo himself coming out to play had the entire crowd holding their breath so as to let the master do his work. He commanded so much respect in that room that he literally could have played ‘chopsticks’ and everyone would have stopped their breathing to hear better.

In closing the concert, the orchestra played us the new theme from Skyward Sword. This piece uses the retrograde of the well known Zelda theme Zelda’s Lullaby as its main melody. Check it out on youtube.

Although I had the special edition of the game ordered a while ago I almost felt like I should order another copy just to metaphorically kneel before the new heir to the throne; the king of all games series: The Legend of Zelda.

May you reign for another 25 years.

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