6/17/2024 - 7/3/2024
This is a virtual class.
Learn to compose music for video games from some of the most renowned composers in the industry. Compose music in a variety of styles while learning to navigate through the unique challenges of creating dynamic music that can adapt to gameplay. Activities include composing loops, scoring cinematic cutscenes, and crafting layered dynamic cues for a variety of gameplay scenarios. Your work will culminate in a public showcase.
Composers and musicians with a background in concert and/or popular music who are interested in learning how to compose music for video games. Anyone with a passion for video game music will enjoy this course!
Michael Krikorian (Fresno) is an assistant professor of piano and music technology. As a pianist, he has won top prizes in numerous competitions and performed around the globe. He composed the original score for the video game The Fidelio Incident (2017), the short film
Motel Room (2023), and performed on the soundtrack of
Screwdriver (2023). He is a proud ambassador for the Royal Conservatory of Music, and serves as president-elect for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).
Undergraduate: MUSIC 420, 3 units Graduate/Post-baccalaureate: MUSIC 620, 3 units
Composers and musicians who have a background in concert or popular music and are interested in learning how to compose for video games are highly encouraged to apply. However, anyone with a passion for music and video games should consider as well! It is recommended that all applying students know how to read music.
Professor Kenneth Froelich
A multiple award-winning composer, Jason Hayes is well known for his long-standing relationship with Blizzard Entertainment, having contributed music to their games set in the popular worlds of
Diablo. He was the lead composer of the original release of
World of Warcraft, one of the most successful online games in the world.
Edouard Brenneisen is an award-winning composer for video games, film, and television. His compositions include acclaimed titles such as Overwatch 2, New World, Call of Duty Mobile. His award nominations inlcude the HMMA and G.A.N.G. awards. He has worked on the animation series Yu-Gi-Oh!, the David Attenborough documentary Micro Monsters 3D, the mini-series Cybergeddon, Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, and the 48th Annie Awards ceremony. A Berklee graduate with French roots, he possesses a penchant for crafting evocative melodies that narrate compelling tales.
Gary Schyman is a BAFTA-winning composer who scored the BioShock game universe (including BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite), as well as dozens of hit games, films, and television productions. He scored games like Destroy All Humans!, Resistance: Retribution and Dante’s Inferno, Voyeur, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and its sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Schyman’s film and television credits span every genre, including The A-Team and Magnum, P.I., Tornado!, Horseplayer, Spooky House, and more recently Itsy Bitsy. Among his most recent work is the Square Enix game Forspoken released in January of 2023.
Peter Scaturro is a Grammy-nominated director of Music at Sony Interactive Entertainment. He leads a team that develops interactive scores for PlayStation's top games including God of War and God of War: Ragnarok, which earned him two BAFTAs. He has produced the soundtracks of Ghost of Tsushima, as well as Bloodborne and Demon’s Souls by From Software in collaboration with Sony’s Japan Studio. His work on Death Stranding by Kojima Productions has been recognized with numerous awards. Before joining Sony, Scaturro's career involved producing records and composing music for television, film, and international advertising campaigns, laying the groundwork for his current collaborative role with composers, musicians, writers, and directors. Scaturro's approach to music in video games is centered around enhancing the gaming experience.
Christopher Larkin is an established composer and sound designer for video games and the moving image. His work and achievements include the score and sound effects for the hit indie title
Hollow Knight, evocative indie point-and-click
Tohu, and music for Cannes World Film Festival award-winning VR documentary
Thin Ice VR.