A new book of essays has been published, featuring a number of contributions on game music.
Some of these chapters have been written by scholars who have joined us for the Ludo conference in previous years.
The book is The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, edited by Miguel Mera, Ronald Sadoff and Ben Winters and published by Routledge. The essays include:
- ‘Musical Dreams and Nightmares: An Analysis of Flower’ by Elizabeth Medina-Gray (Ludo2013),
- ‘Music, Genre, and Nationality in the Postmillennial Fantasy Role-Playing Game’ by William Gibbons (Ludo2013 keynote),
- ‘Drive, Speed, and Narrative in the Soundscapes of Racing Games’ by Karen Collins (Ludo2015 keynote) and Ruth Dockwray,
- ‘Simulation: Squaring the Immersion, Realism, and Gameplay Circle’ by Stephen Baysted (Ludo2014 host and conference regular),
- ‘Dimensions of Game Music History’ by Tim Summers (Ludo regular),
- ‘Roundtable: Current Perspectives on Music, Sound, and Narrative in Screen Media’, featuring Anahid Kassabian (Ludo2012 keynote and Ludo2013 host) and Roger Moseley (Ludo2017 keynote).
There are also essays by Kevin Donnelly (Ludo2014 keynote and Ludo2016 host) and other essays that include game sound:
- ‘Emphatic and Ecological Sound in Gameworld Interfaces’ by Kristine Jørgensen (eminent game sound scholar),
- ‘Idolizing the Synchronized Score: Studying Indiana Jones Hypertexts’ by Ben Winters (Hollywood music specialist and noted film music expert).
The table of contents, listing all 46 chapters, is available on the publisher’s website here.
Congratulations to Miguel, Ron and Ben on their achievement, and for producing a fascinating volume!
Spread the word and tell any interested libraries or other parties.