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CMPN3336: Composition for Creative Industries 6

2024 unit information

Taught by a videogame professional, Composition for Creative Industries 6 focuses on writing music for videogames. Videogame music has catalysed a vast and lucrative industry with a myriad of new and ongoing projects being developed in Australia and abroad. Composing music for videogames requires several skills that draw upon the composer's creativity, craft and technological acuity. This unit of study places an emphasis on these skills through a practical and theorical exploration of the artistry and culture of videogames; reactive musical systems; structural and textural flexibility; game mechanics, story and player experience. Students will engage with industry standard middleware/authoring applications and game engines used in the production of videogames, to present their projects, including Twine, Wwise, FMOD and Unity. This unit of study places due importance on cultural competency, inclusiveness, safe industry practices and respect for others in the collaborative process.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Composition and Music Technology

Code CMPN3336
Academic unit Composition and Music Technology
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. implement strategic workflow specific to a given project brief
  • LO2. discuss competently and confidently the key points of a brief with a game creator
  • LO3. understand fundamental game, and game music concepts and protocols
  • LO4. experience game engines, including Twine and Unity, and understand how authoring software, like FMOD and Wwise, allow composition to be implemented via dynamic structures
  • LO5. draw upon a range of compositional techniques to create game music that underscores narrative concerns
  • LO6. flexibly apply various concepts of structural and textural organisation.

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Semester 2 2024
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Semester 2 2021
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Semester 2 2022
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Semester 2 2023
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