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Unlimited Replays: Video Games and Classical Music

William Gibbons


This book explores the intersections of values and meanings in two types of replay: where video games meet classical music, and vice versa. From the bleeps and bloops of 1980s arcades to the world’s most prestigious concert halls, classical music and video games have a long history together. Medieval chant, classical symphonies, postminimalist film scores, and everything in between fill the soundtracks of many video games, while world-renowned orchestras frequently perform concerts of game music to sold-out audiences. Yet combining video games and classical music also presents a challenge to t ... More

Keywords: classical music, video game, canon, cultural value, highbrow, lowbrow, technology, art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190265250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190265250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Gibbons, author
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Texas Christian University