Understanding Game Scoring: The Evolution of Compositional Practice for and through Gaming

Mack Enns

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Understanding Game Scoring explores the unique collaboration between gameplay and composition that defines musical scoring for video games. Using an array of case studies reaching back into the canon of classic video games, this book illuminates the musical flexibility, user interactivity and sound programming that make game scoring so different from traditional modes of composition. Mack Enns explores the collaboration between game scorers and players to produce the final score for a game, through case studies of the Nintendo Entertainment System sound hardware configuration, and game scores, including the canonic scores for Super Mario Bros. (1985) and The Legend of Zelda (1986). This book is recommended reading for students and researchers interested in the composition and production of video game scores, as well as those interested in ludo-musicology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)9781003045465
ISBN (Print)9780367492816, 9780367492830
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2021

Publication series

NamePerspectives on Music Production

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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