Master’s Degree in Game Music

Starting this September, I will begin my studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. After a long application process, lasting since December 2019, it was announced to me that I will have a seat among this years students. I’m excited to meet new people, to the extent that it is possible during the current pandemic circumstances, but I know it will happen. People always tend to find solutions to socializing. Especially, I assume, creative people.

From the get go, my interest is to study how music is produced for and used in games. And my intention is to give regular updates on this blog so I can document my research. There are people around the internet looking for this kind of knowledge. So come on in and get it. Feel free to ask me about it through my social channels.

One of the topics I’m going to dive deeper into is “music design”. As composers and sound designers we hear it every now and then, but I have yet to see someone take a clean swing at it.

In general, my interest is mainly emotional impact and musical flow in game environments. As a capable programmer I’m able to compose and arrange the music in such a way that the game and its underlying music have a natural and clear relationship. Instead of, as I often hear it being used, being slapped onto gameplay with the only intention of filling out space, which will only give it an “OK” rating in my book. The music I want to make for games must be “Excellent” and “Next Level”, otherwise I’m not interested.

Finally, I will also take a serious look at the legal and copyright aspect of music for games, since I have been subjected to some egregious comments and attitudes towards music composers and their rights for the earnings and derivative works of projects they are involved with. Seeing how the music, in some cases, lasts longer and permeates the global culture in a way more effective way than the games they are composed for; It is a shame how music as an art is being treated by the developing community.

Next up, I have a meeting at the school on the 25th of August with introductions and other formalities. Let’s go! 🙂