Composition Seminar – Richard Evans and Helen Madden (PhD Candidates)
Richard: the history of video game music, why interactive/adaptive music is important in video games, and how my research suggests a new methodology for designing dynamic music systems more effectively in video games. I’ll be talking about some of the existing methods for analyzing video game music, as well as a new way that I’ve come up with that provides a different angle of understanding. I’ll mention some of the techniques that composers use when composing dynamic music for games, and how analyzing different those games have allowed for a critical reflection that has led to redefining my creative practice.
Helen: will discuss the conception, development and performances of her recent children opera ‘The Magic Paintbrush’. From the initial Arts Council funding application through to the final nerve-racking one and only dress rehearsal 1 hour before curtain up, Helen will highlight the challenges and delights of creating an engaging, professional and fluent piece working alongside young mainstream primary children,older special needs students and professional musicians and performers.