Video Game Music

The bourgeoning sub-discipline of ludomusicology, the study of video game music, is gaining prominence in contemporary musicology scholarship and broader academic salience. Increasing prevalence in dedicated conferences and in monograph and journal publications is further stimulating the breadth of scholarly inquiry related to game music studies.

My current research interests, aligned with my PhD topic, are focused on the Grand Theft Auto series, wherein the music is both vast in quantity, and germane to analytical principles.

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Conference Papers

The Historical Development of Music in The Grand Theft Auto Series and its Immersive Role and Application in Grand Theft Auto V
Ludo2016, Ludomusicology Research Group
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A Connected Culture of Video Game Music and Teaching Possibilities
ANZARME 28th Conference 2016, Australian & New Zealand Association for Research in Music Education
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The Developing Identity of Ludomusicology and its Role in Contemporary Musicology
Shifts and Turns: Moving Music, Musicians and Ideas, Musicological Society of Australia
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Real Musical Connections in a Virtual World’ (awarded commendation)
Isolated Musics, Connected Musics, International Association for the Study of Popular Music – Australia/New Zealand
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‘Bringing London Murders to the Australian Stage: An Evolution of Game Music Collaboration and Performance’
Ludo2016, Ludomusicology Research Group
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‘Rip & Tear: Deconstructing the Technological and Musical Composition of Mick Gordon’s Score for DOOM (2016)’Smith_ACMC2017DOOM
Do Androids Dream of Computer Music?, Australasian Computer Music Conference 2017, Elder Conservatorium of Music, The University of Adelaide.
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Music Respawn! The Academic Side Of GTA 5, WSHU Public Radio Group

Episode 5 – Barnabas Smith, Game Composure

Online Articles

Video Games Live – A Gamer’s Holy Grail of Live Entertainment,

Hexatone Interview,

Austin Wintory – 10 Questions,

Professional Profiles Links

Aurora (The University of Adelaide)



Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games

Ludomusicology Research Group

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Musicological Society of Australia

Australian Society for Music Education

The Ludomusicology Society of Australia