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Class: Amplifying Your Game's Message With Music

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Learn how music can be used as a tool to enhance your game's message with Street Fighter V composer Zac Zinger.



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Game music used to be simple: a bleep here, a bloop there, and before you know it, you've got a soundtrack. But today, music's function within games has evolved to be an important tool in the game designer's toolbox. Some games even use music as the basis of their design. The most successful soundtracks today are those that carefully consider the setting and tone of a game while making clever use of the unique possibilities of interactive media to better immerse the player.

By the end of this class, you will have a solid understanding of the way composers approach scoring a game, how composition based on concepts rather than purely musical ideas can bring depth and subtlety to a user's experience, how to artistically implement musical themes/motifs, different ways music can work interactively with a game, and how to communicate what you want to your composer. Whether you are looking to streamline your compositional process, get started with game music composition, want to work with a composer, or just love video game music, you won't want to miss this class!

Also included: a behind-the-scenes look and analysis of Zac's compositions in Street Fighter V.



About the Instructor

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Zac Zinger has been writing and playing music for over seventeen years. Now based in New York City, he is a 2011 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Berklee College of Music with degrees in Jazz Composition and Film Scoring, and has received numerous awards and grants including a 2016 Asian Cultural Council Artist Grant; the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards; the 2013 ASCAP Johnny Mandel Prize; the 2009 and 2010 Herb Pomeroy Jazz Composition Awards; and the 2007 Pittsburgh Jazz Society Leadership Award. He has written for short and feature-length films, commercials, and video games, including compositions for Street Fighter V, Mobile Suit Gundam: Side Stories, jazz arrangements of CAPCOM's Monster Hunter and Okami series, and big band arrangements for the Rooster Teeth's animated series, RWBY.

A multi-talented performer, Zac plays saxophones, flute, clarinet, shakuhachi, and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). He has had the pleasure of performing in eleven countries with the likes of Anat Cohen, Kirill Gerstein, Mario Frangoulis, Nobuo Uematsu, Jack Wall, and Wataru Hokoyama. He regularly writes and performs with his progressive jazz quartet, the Zac Zinger Group, and his Japanese traditional/jazz fusion duet, KAI.

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