Course Details

MUSC 313: Video Game Music: History, Interpretation, Practice

Over the decades, video game music has evolved from simple beeps and boops into a genre that has garnered millions of fans worldwide. This course traces the history of video game music aesthetics and technology. We will consider how it relates to a variety of musical traditions and engages with broader social issues. We will learn to listen for loops, styles, structures, and function in games via direct engagement with primary sources: the games themselves. The course culminates in the practical application of knowledge via a creative project. Expected preparation: The ability to read music and a previous music course, or instructor consent.
6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2023-2024