Tuesday February 19, 2013

Professor Neil Lerner of Davidson College will give a lecture, "The Specter of Early Cinema Music in Early Video Games," at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in Room 30 of Bernhard Music Center, 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus.

Though the computing technology of the 1970s was primitive, even the earliest of video games supplied some kind of audible component, and what began as formless bleeps quickly became recognizable melodies as early as 1977.

Examining music from these early attempts at video game sound reveals a series of similarities with the ways music was deployed in early cinema accompaniment. Examples will include clips from "Circus" (1977), "Space Invaders" (1978), "Phoenix" (1980), "Scramble" (1981), and "Donkey Kong" (1982).

This lecture is sponsored by the Class of 1960 Scholars Fund and is free and open to the public.