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Playing the Tune: Video Game Music, Gamers, and Genre

URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus-9041

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Summers, Tim:
Playing the Tune: Video Game Music, Gamers, and Genre.
In: Act - Zeitschrift für Musik & Performance. Vol. 2011 (2011) Issue 2 . - pp. 2-27.
ISSN 2191-253X

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Abstract

This article proposes a particular approach to video game music by advocating a genre-based enquiry. Two generic levels are active in video game music: “interactive genre” (the type of game/interactive mechanism) and “environmental genre” (the “setting” of the game). The interaction between these levels produces the game’s music. By examining games within the same interactive genre, even if the environmental genre is markedly different, we can begin to uncover similar concerns, functions and methodologies of game music. Three interactive genres are briefly examined (survival horror games, strategy games, fighting games), in order to demonstrate how musicalstrategic similarities can be seen to weave through game genres.

Abstract in another language

Dieser Artikel nähert sich dem Gegenstand Computerspielmusik über einen genre-basierten Ansatz, wobei davon ausgegangen wird, dass zwei für Computerspiele genrespezifischen Ebenen in der Musik wirksam sind: das interaktive Genre (der Spieltypus/interaktive Mechaninmus) und das umgebungsbedingte Genre (das Setting des Spiels). Die Interaktion zwischen diesen beiden Ebenen erzeugt die Musik des Spiels. Untersucht man Spiele innerhalb desselben interaktiven Gen-res, selbst wenn das umgebungsbedingte Genre deutlich unterschiedlich ist, können wir ähnliche Beziehungen, Funktionen und Methodologien von Computerspielmusik aufdecken. Drei interaktive Genres werden im vorliegenden Artikel kurz genauer betrachtet (survival horror games, strategy games, fighting games), um zu veranschaulichen, wie die musikstrategischen Ähnlichkeiten die Spielgenres durchweben.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Keywords: Interaktion; Computerspielmusik; Genre; Game Studies
DDC Subjects: 700 Arts and recreation > 780 Music
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Languages and Literature
Research Institutions > Research Units > Research Institute for Music Theater Studies - FIMT
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Units
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus-9041
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2014 08:23
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 10:15
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/322

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