Saturday, August 18, 2012

Behind the Scenes: What is videogamemusicnerd blog all about?

Well, that's a tough question.  I'm not sure of the answer, yet. My earliest memories are of myself as an avid gamer. From my parents Atari, through Nintendo, Game Boy, SNES, Playstation, and to the DS, PS3, and Wii, and some PC games along the way.  My friends in school called me a nerd for playing so many hours of the games, but I can't help myself!  I've always loved gaming and loved the music, and I'm shocked by how slow scholars have been to pay attention to it and likewise how many musicians dismiss game music as lesser.

My goal at this point is like V'ger, to learn everything learnable-- and to add my own contributions to the musical analysis side of everything.  I'm trying to put my quest to learn about video game music into a format I can look back, follow through, remember, and understand.  Hopefully, someone who is either a game lover or a music lover can follow along and go from a lover of one of these things to a knowledgeable expert about both of them.  It's a bibliography, a progression of recordings, writings, and other reactions to video game music.

Why a blog?  In honor of the electronic genre-- all the music is available online and getting the rights to publish a book with musical examples would be a tremendous challenge.   Even more, this is an attempt to get a dialogue going with similarly minded individuals.  This blog is an attempt to reach out to you and get you listening to, thinking about, and deepening your enjoyment of video game music. It's likewise a project for me to further my own understanding of the genre by chronicling my own studies of it. It's a documentation of sources that one might consult and digest on the topic. It's a forum for us game music lovers to start a conversation.