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CJS Noon Lecture Series | An Exploration of Japanese Game Audio

Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Quite possibly the primary means that most Americans have encountered Japanese culture, if not by food, is through video game music. Japanese composed themes and game audio techniques from the 70s and 80s are still used in modern games and even played in concert halls. This music has become one of Japan’s most notable exports to the world. In this presentation, Dr. Thompson will lead a journey through some of the most famous and influential video game music that he enjoyed during his childhood in the early days of game audio, and then turn to more recent topics, including recent research on the influence of video game music on piano study in Japan.

Matthew Thompson, DMA — collaborative piano, is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. As a pianist, Thompson has performed with operatic celebrities like Thomas Hampson, Golden Mask winner Vince Yi, and musical theatre gurus like Tony Award winner, Gavin Creel. Equally comfortable collaborating with instrumentalists, Thompson’s most recent recording project, Japonica, is comprised of Japanese composed oboe/piano duos with recent U-M alumnus, Dr. Alex Hayashi. Thompson’s research interests in game audio pedagogy have garnered international attention; he presents regularly nationally and serves on the advisory board for GameSoundCon and a committee member for the North American Conference on Video Game Music.

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Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Matthew Thompson, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance

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