Video Game Composition is Big Business – Music Education Joins the Game – 21 Century Learning

21 01 2010

Interesting article on why Berklee School of Music is teaching its students to compose scores for video games. Berklee has been one of the best schools for music education for performers and composers since the 1970’s. It is not a surprise that they are one of the schools starting new programs that address areas of education that performers in the music business of today will require to survive in a multi billion dollar industry.

I have been a musician and composer for many years and recorded sound and music is currently a HUGE money maker for the people involved in the recording industry. We use recorded sounds and music compositions for everything from ring tones for your cell to video games. Gone are the days when the recording industry was limited to albums, movies, tv, radio and commercials. “Abandon,’’ a video game designed by a group of MIT students and set in a mysterious, surrealistic world of traffic cones, toasters, bookcases, and other vaguely menacing objects, may never make it to game stores or home consoles. But it will have at least one feature found on most commercially marketed video games: an original soundtrack, professionally composed and painstakingly synched to the game’s play features and story line. At least that’s the goal of a recent Berklee College of Music class whose subject – composing music for video games – is growing in popularity by leaps, bounds, and beeps. Video games pull in $20 billion a year, roughly the combined revenues of the film and music industries. Berklee, one of a handful of schools prepping students for a field that barely existed 10 years ago, is eager to tap that booming market, one that’s making boldfaced names out of its most talented and prolific composers.

Game on, as they might say around campus

Check out a short video and the rest of this article from Berklee Online

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