Ludomusicology at AMS/SMT Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, BC, November 3-6, 2016

This year’s annual conference of the American Musicological Society (held jointly with the Society for Music Theory) will feature two panels dedicated to ludomusicology.


Thursday Evening Session – 8:00-10:00PM

Ludomusicology outside Video Games (AMS)

The Ludomusicology Study Group (organized at the 2015 AMS Meeting) will host a panel at the Vancouver conference focused around the theme of “Ludomusicology Outside Video Games.” The panel will consist of four short papers and will be followed by a discussion period. 

Michael Austin (Howard University), Chair

Steven Beverburg Reale (Youngstown State University), “Glass Beads and Graphic Analysis: A Ludist Account of Contemporary Music Theory”

Carmel Raz (Columbia University), “Anne Young’s ‘Musical Games’ (1801): Music Theory, Gender, and Game Design”

Tekla Babyak (Cornell University), “Music, Card Games, and the Play of Sensation: Kant’s Ludomusical Aesthetics”

Karen Cook (University of Hartford), “Beyond (the) Halo: Chant in Video Games”

Kirsten Carithers (Northwestern University), “Not Just Fun and Games: Musical Indeterminacy as User-Generated Content”


Saturday Afternoon Short Session – 2:00-3:30PM

Video Games (AMS)

Members of the Ludomusicology Study Group will also participate in a short session on Saturday afternoon dedicated to video games.

William Cheng (Dartmouth College), Chair

William Gibbons (Texas Christian University), “The Sounds in the Machine: Hirokazu Tanaka’s Cybernetic Soundscape for Metroid”

Joseph E. Jones (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), “Encultured Musical Codes in Bear McCreary’s Video Game and TV Soundtracks”


Click here to see the preliminary program for the entire conference.

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