From historical games to hyperrealism to retro gaming, Authenticity in the Music of Video Games explores, the shifting understanding of authenticity among players. What do gamers believe authenticity to be? How are their expectations structured by the soundtrack? And how do their actions impact the overall interaction of sound with narrative? Ranging from harmonic analysis to more multimedia approaches, the book links musical analysis to the practical experience of gamers.
Stephanie Lind is associate professor at the Dan School of Drama and Music, Queen’s University, where she teaches courses in music theory and musicology.
Chapter 1: Gameworld
Chapter 2: Tropes
Chapter 3: Thematic Representation
Chapter 4: Retro Gaming Experiences
"This book is an exciting new addition to the fast-growing field of video game music studies. Lind’s exploration of the complex concept of authenticity (for some, historical accuracy, for others, general believability) is carefully connected to ideas of expectation, prior knowledge, and cognitive response. Lind’s approach is uniquely based in music theory, particularly in player understandings of musical and sonic structure. A thought-provoking investigation into how games and their music evoke the past, create thematic associations, and (literally) play with our emotions, her book will be a welcome read for musicologists, theorists, and game aficionados of all stripes."
"As one of the first books entirely devoted to examining video game music through a music theory lens, Lind’s Authenticity in the Music of Video Games is a fruitful contribution to multiple fields. Building on a solid and thorough foundation of previous scholarship on video games and music, Lind constructs a pathway into the complex subject of authenticity in video game music and handily guides us through this subject’s challenges and rewards, with accessible prose and lots of new analytical insights along the way."
"Finally a monograph about video game music and sound from the perspective of music theory! Stephanie Lind’s innovative approach to studying video game music is refreshing and cuts to the heart of how music shapes players’ expectations. That she takes those expectations and situates them within the overarching ludic concept of authenticity is nothing short of brilliant. And she accomplishes all of this in lucid prose that is accessible both for the gaming public and scholar alike."