This Pick of the Week edition revives the 2019 "Augmented Realities: A Video Game Music Mini-Fest" at the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, providing a platform for some of the world’s most creative artists to astound us with their interactive media. In a series of public events over three days, a gathering of composers, designers, performers, curators, and educators explored the music of this vital cultural phenomenon through film, lectures, discussions, performance, and interactive displays. We hope you enjoy it!
Bryan Mosley and Gene Dreyband of the video game music podcast "Pixelated Audio" discuss video game music's history, providing context for a video game score by Austin Wintory newly commissioned by the Library of Congress.
Composer and author Winifred Phillips discusses her work as a composer for various game systems and franchises. Her presentation outlines techniques used in current and past video game music designs, such as horizontal resequencing and vertical layering.