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MUSC 133: Ludomusicology (Dr. Farmer)


Welcome!  You've reached the MUSC 133: Ludomusicology (Dr. Farmer) course guide dedicated to Part Three of your Reading Quest project. This guide will provide you with resources and strategies to support your upcoming research assignment. To summarize, you will need to:

  • Find one (1) peer-reviewed article or scholarly book chapter related to ludomusicology, video game music, or video game sound design.
  • Read and review your chosen source in 2-3 pages by Sunday, January 29, 2023, 8:00 PM, summarizing the main ideas of the source, discussing your personal thoughts on it, and making connections to your own reading, gaming, or interests.
  • Cite your source in Chicago style.
  • Before you leave the library session, complete your artifact sign-up linked on your course Moodle.

You will be spending some time in class with a librarian to get started on your research, but their help doesn't end there. Feel free to reach out to your librarian if you need further assistance. Their contact information is provided on this page. Librarians are always happy to provide help via email, or by in person consultation (by appointment or drop in when available, typically around 30 minutes). Otherwise, glhf!

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Industry News and Developments

Hi-Fi Rush is a new action rhythm game released on January 25, 2023. It seems to be made in the same tradition as games like Crypt of the NecroDancer (and the Nintendo spin-off Cadence of Hyrule), where all actions are made to a beat, making music central to the game's experience.

Two clips from the 2022 Game Awards: 1) an orchestral medley of the theme songs from all of the Game of the Year nominees, and 2) the award for Best Score and Music.

This advertisement for PS5 highlights new developments in 3D audio. This technology has been around for a while, with early developments at Princeton University in 2010. What's cool is that this technology is now being leveraged much more ubiquitously in game design!