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Video Game Design and Development: A Bit-by-Bit History of Video Game Music: Video Game Sound and Music

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Course Features

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Duration

2 weeks

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Delivery Method

Online

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Available on

Lifetime Access

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Accessibility

Mobile, Desktop

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Language

English

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Subtitles

English

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Level

Beginner

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Effort

2 hours per week

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Teaching Type

Self Paced

Course Description

Video game soundtracks have influenced our culture from early arcade games to current open-world adventures.

This course will introduce you to videogame music and the platforms that make it possible (such as Atari and NES). It will also focus on the evolution and legacy of the 8-bit sound.

Exclusive interviews with top musicians and game composers. You'll have access to recorded examples, demos, and code samples.

Technology, musicology and cultural studies will be used to trace the evolution of videogame music, from Pong to the intricate arrangements found in today's first-person shooters.

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Instructor-Moderated Discussions

Skills You Will Gain

What You Will Learn

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Describe key moments in the development of video game soundtracks from the first generation of microcomputers and consoles to the present day

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Explain how the technical constraints of early video game consoles and home computers shaped the qualities of the music that was written for them

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Evaluate different approaches to writing and implementing interactive music for video games

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Discuss the main ideas of the course and share your insights with other participants

Target Students

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This course is designed for anyone interested in game design and development

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This includes those considering studying it at university and entering the games industry or becoming a video game music composer

Course Instructors

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Kenny McAlpine

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Kenny McAlpine is a musician, author and academic at Abertay University. Kenny is interested in everything, from music technology and video games to PG Tips and PG Wodehouse.

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