Composing Music for Games is a guidebook for launching and maintaining a successful career as a video game composer. It offers a pragmatic approach to learning, intensified through challenging project assignments and simulations. Author Chance Thomas begins with the foundation of scoring principles applicable to all media, and then progresses serially through core methodologies specific to video game music. This book offers a powerful blend of aesthetic, technique, technology and business, which are all necessary components for a successful career as a video game composer.
Table of Contents
The Language of Music Scoring
Chapter 1 - Timeless Principles of Music Scoring
Chapter 2 - Distinguishing Principles of Video Game Scoring
Chapter 3 - Applied Principles in Music Design
Chapter 4 - Basic Music Scoring Techniques for Games
Chapter 5 - Advanced Music Scoring Techniques for Games
Chapter 6 - Music Composition
Chapter 7 - Music Production
Chapter 8 - Music Implementation
Chapter 9 - Tuning Up for Success
Chapter 10 - Hunting and Gathering
Chapter 11 - Money Matters
Chapter 12 - Lifestyle Management
Chapter 13 - Disruptive Innovation
Chapter 14 - Contemporary Vanguards
Chapter 15 - Career Philanthropy
About the Author
Chance Thomas is a composer, educator and entrepreneur. His music has underscored blockbuster commercial success and critical acclaim, including an Oscar, an Emmy and billions of dollars in video game and film sales worldwide. Game credits include DOTA 2, Lord of the Rings Online, James Cameron’s Avator, Heroes of Might and Magic, Peter Jackson’s King Kong and many more. As an educator, Chance works with universities, colleges and conferences to help students and professionals navigate the intersection of music scoring, technology and business. He has served on advisory boards for Full Sail University, Brigham Young University, the Game Developer’s Conference and the Game Audio Network Guild. His business interests range across studios, publishing and audio services, successfully supporting a music career spanning more than 30 years.
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