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Unlimited Replays : Video Games and Classical Music, Hardback Book


Classical music is everywhere in video games. Works by composers like Bach and Mozart fill the soundtracks of games ranging from arcade classics, to indie titles, to major franchises like BioShock, Civilization, and Fallout.

Children can learn about classical works and their histories from interactive iPad games.

World-renowned classical orchestras frequently perform concerts of game music to sold-out audiences.

But what do such combinations of artand entertainment reveal about the cultural value we place on these media?

Can classical music ever be video game music, and can game music ever be classical?

Delving into the shifting and often contradictory cultural definitions that emerge when classical music meets video games, Replay Value offers a new perspectiveon the possibilities and challenges of trying to distinguish between art and pop culture in contemporary society.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 210 pages, 13 tables; 31 screen captures
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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  • Category: Music: styles & genres
  • ISBN: 9780190265250

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