Cambridge University to publish book on video game music

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Games like The Last of Us and Super Mario Galaxy, plus topics such as chiptunes and game music concerts, are discussed in the new book.

Cambridge University Press is publishing a new book on video game music. The book is titled The Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music and is due to be released this year. The online edition is scheduled to land in March, with a release date for the print edition yet to be announced.

The book has been edited by Tim Summers from Royal Holloway, University of London, and Melanie Fritsch from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Its description states that video game music has been “permeating popular culture for over 40 years” and encompasses “a diverse spectrum of musical materials and practices.”

The title aims to provide a “comprehensive, up-to-date survey of video game music” by scholars and industry professionals. Games such as Super Mario Galaxy, The Last of Us, Gran Turismo, Bastion and Kentucky Route Zero are among those analysed with topics such as chiptunes, compositional processes and game music concerts explored within. It also touches on psychology, music analysis, business strategy and critical theory. 

Find out more about the book here and tune into a mix dedicated to some of Manchester producer Murlo’s favourite video game scores below.