• I can completely relate to the feeling of having music change the world as you see it. When you listen to music while outside, you suddenly feel like you’re transported into your own movie or whatever, depending […]

    • All hail portable music! That said, I have a love hate relationship with iPods, mp3’s, mp4’s and other compressed but really convenient and easily accessible music. As you’ve stated, walking around or traveling with your own personal soundtrack is a major part of not only tuning out the “real world,” but creating your own world. Sometimes the hardest part is just trying to find the best song fit for the next 3 to 4 minutes of your travels. Often times, I just match the pace at which I’m moving with the speed and drive of the song. That said, there’s no norm, though I do have some “go-to’s” for journey’s that I have repeated -just in case I draw a blank as to the selection of the song or songs that’ll accompany my trip. That’s my “love” relationship with iPods.

      My “hate” relationship is simple. As an audiophile (one that prefers high quality sound), I find that the overly compressed sound of mp3’s and 4’s to lack the fullness and robust sound that I adore. The good news is that a good pair of headphones can give the illusion of bettering the sound

    • “However, this could also be a little bit of a bad thing because now it’s hard going anywhere without music.”

      That is so true! Sometimes, if I have to leave to go somewhere and my phone doesn’t have enough battery to get me there, I’ll stay longer and charge my phone because I want to make sure I have music to listen to while I travel. I hate when I forget my headphones at home. It feels so weird to be on the bus or train and not listen to music. It always transport me into a different world. It does kind of feel like you’re in a movie.

  • I completely agree that psychological torture can hurt a person in more ways than one. It’s like how many people overlook the importance of mental health. People will be all concerned about Vets who are missing limbs or are in wheelchairs. But PTSD? No one really thinks about the ones who have to suffer through that. Mental illnesses are often…[Read more]

  • The amount of money that gets wasted for such frivolous needs is so astounding. Us poor college students have to think ahead on where we need to spend our money, what basic needs we need to fill, and then if there’s leftover money you have to decide if you want to just throw it away on luxuries or just save it. Reminds me of those celebrity…[Read more]

  • While I can’t remember a video game where the music wasn’t as good, I have played games where I decided to mute the game music and play my own instead. While Guild Wars 2 has great music, I’ve been playing it for 4 years now and the music for a lot of the areas I’ve heard thousands of times that I’ve resulted to keeping the sound muted and playing…[Read more]

  • Karen Collins brings up some good points about interactivity of video games, especially between the creator and consumer. While in other mediums the creator simply creates something and the consumer merely […]

    • I agree that music is a crucial part to the success of a game. When you’re just walking in the virtual world and all of a sudden the music’s pace begins to rise, you know business is about to pick up. As gaming evolves and virtual reality beings its rise the music and sounds are going to be a huge part to completing the full experience and really thrusting the playing into a different world.

    • I agree that music in video games definitely gets people’s full attention more so than television or a radio station. Without music, video games would likely not have the same impact. Music has the ability to make listeners feel a certain way, and in a game, that is increased. The relationship between the creator and the consumer is interesting when seeing the powerful role music plays in this. It’s interesting to think about how much more advanced music in gaming will become.

    • I agree with you when you say that video game music can make or break a game. A video game sound track is similar to that of a movie. It needs to correlate with the setting and mood of the virtual world that you immerse yourself in otherwise there is no connection. Just by listening to the music coming from a video game you can easily tell when things are about to mellow out for a bit or that it’s time to eff stuff up and that’s what makes it exciting.

    • This topic of music in video games is new and interesting to me. I’m not familiar with gaming and I think that both your presentation and this article opened my eyes a bit more to how music can have an affect on the player of a video game. The music whether you enjoy it or find it unbearable does capture your attention and keeps you hooked.

    • While I can’t remember a video game where the music wasn’t as good, I have played games where I decided to mute the game music and play my own instead. While Guild Wars 2 has great music, I’ve been playing it for 4 years now and the music for a lot of the areas I’ve heard thousands of times that I’ve resulted to keeping the sound muted and playing my own music. The only time where I’ve unmuted the music was when they released the expansion for the game back in october last year, complete with new music.

      Having good, looping music is so important, especially if you’re playing the same game and visiting the same areas for 4 years straight.

    • I agree. The music definitely plays a role in how you, the player, experiences the game. It enhances everything. For example, in a game where you have to submerge the character underwater, the music starts to speed up when your oxygen meter is running low. It gives the player a sense of urgency. You hear the music and you immediately think “Oh My God! I have to go back and get some air or I’m going to die!” I think having just a visual of the oxygen meter isn’t as effective in providing the player that sense of urgency. Having that sense of urgency helps to further engage the player.

  • The internet is rather unpredictable and it’s often hard to tell what will suddenly explode into popularity and what will sink into obscurity. A lot of Psy’s music video had so many elements that people could just really get creative with but also be limited in how they could use their creativity. When the song came out, there were gangnam style…[Read more]

  • Reading about the marketing of gangnam style makes a lot of sense in terms of how certain things become popular on the internet. The internet judges subjects on how much of a meme they can become. Memes are an […]

    • I just read your article. You made a lot of very good points. There are many artist make their own videos to expand their brand. it is a way to persuade their fans. Celebrities often use creative things to expand their brand.

    • I definitely agree with many of the key points you made and what the reading spoke about. The internet is a great marketing tool for all types of products but specifically music. One of the first artist to use the internet to sky rocket his musical career was Soulja Boy. “Crank That” was similar to gangnam style because it was a fun unique dance where everybody could participate. Although at the time memes were not around the time of the Crank That release if it were I feel the memes would have also been used for that record as well.

    • Great post! I agree with mostly everything you said. I knew that Psy was different but I didn’t realize until I’ve read your post I haven’t realized that he really doesn’t represent Kpop, he’s different which is why people were so drawn to him, and yes he doesn’t fit the Kpop mold but definitely brings something different to an audience to react to.
      Memes make a huge impact on the internet and it’s crazy how many memes are made out of Drakes “Hotline Bling” which probably made the video more popular than ever.
      Thanks for sharing

  • I’ve heard this song so many times on the radio but it was really interesting to learn that it’s been sung by so many different people. It’s gone through so many different genres and changed it sound so many times to connect different audiences that it’s really amazing. Roberta Flack and the Fugees really give it that extra energy that makes it…[Read more]

  • Wow, didn’t know that Hot Line Bling was copied from Timmy Thomas and D.R.A.M. and that’s pretty unfortunate that if two songs have similar beats popularity depends on the fame of the artist. Also, was pretty funny learning that super mario is mixed in there as well. I remember watching another guy taking Hot Line Bling and putting it next to…[Read more]

  • I knew that punk was a lot against the government and the emphasis on individuality among youth. I never realized how politically driven punk was until this article, which was surprising and interesting to read. […]

  • The 1979 backlash against disco because it was thought of as music for the gay culture was both interesting and also saddening to read. This also gave some really important background information for “In Defense […]

  • Wow, I didn’t even know this song was a Tears for Fear song. You learn something new everyday. You’re right about the original being so… different. The original song is so synthesized that its kinda hard to hear the lyrics or even concentrate on them. There’s just so much happening in the song that its hard to take in all at once, with all the…[Read more]

  • In the past, it was not uncommon for a single song to be done by several different artists, all wanting to cash in on the revenue and claim credit for themselves. Nowadays, however, it is much more difficult to […]

    • I didn’t think that anyone else would write about a Tears For Fears song, then I was pleasantly surprised with your article. I also chose a song by this band, MAD WORLD in group 1

      Tears For Fears has a darkness to them in general though their songs fit nicely into the 80’s. I guess this is why their lyrics are a virtual treasure-trove for artists that would come later…20 years later!

      Admittedly, your link to the Lorde version provided me with my first glimpse into her vision of the song -Impressive! She goes dark…really d a r k -which works nicely with the lyrics, and, the music backs it up big time! My experience in watching and listening to the remake was just that at first -watching and listening. The action that accompanies this video ad was well done and complimented Lorde’s remake. As soon as I found myself watching and listening, I had to take a momentary pause to shut out the visuals and let the impressive production and mood occupy my full sense in sound. Oddly, without the visuals, the song became even MORE powerful as a separate entity -especially when moderately cranked!

      Lorde’s art-vox goes an octave lower that what most producers might have wanted but this added to the feel and provided extra room for her to dazzle in the upper registers by dancing dynamically when the emotion squeezed her to do so.

      Great catch, btw, about the original song and it’s commentary on the Cold War. It’s ironic that Tears For Fears seemed to be warning about apocalypse while The Hunger Games inserted the tune right in the middle of a rebellious war! This forms a sort of triad of relevance between the versions by Tears For Fears and Lorde, and the subject of application -The Hunger Games/Assassin’s Creed Unity.

      I guess Everybody Wants to Rule the World is a testimony to the power and importance of amazing lyrics and melody.

      Thanks for the great read and perspective!


  • I’m excited to see what you have to say on kpop. I used to be really into it a few years ago when it became insanely popular. I was torn between picking kpop or video game music for the project so I can’t wait to hear more about the culture. Your study abroad experience in South Korea sounds really interesting! Can’t wait to hear what kpop culture…[Read more]

  • Hey, glad to hear that you’re excited for my presentation! I’m a little afraid I might not do this topic justice but still really excited to explore the game music culture. I haven’t listened to much 8-bit/chiptune music but I’ll try my best to research as much as I can on it.

    The documentaries I plan to watch for research is “Reformat the…[Read more]

  • For my project I want to discuss the subculture of retro video game music and how it branched off into other kinds of music. Retro video games use chiptunes, which were introduced during the golden age of arcade […]

    • Hey Megan!

      I think this is really cool, and I’m SO excited to see this presentation. I was really into 8-bit/chiptune a few years ago. I really like HenryHomesweet and Shirobon!, and I remember this site called 8-bit or something, where many artists uploaded their music and I miss it so much. Last time I checked, the site was down. ),:

      I can’t wait to see how this subculture came to be, and I would like to watch these documentaries if you could share them with me in class!

      • Hey, glad to hear that you’re excited for my presentation! I’m a little afraid I might not do this topic justice but still really excited to explore the game music culture. I haven’t listened to much 8-bit/chiptune music but I’ll try my best to research as much as I can on it.

        The documentaries I plan to watch for research is “Reformat the Planet” and “Beep: A Documentary History on Game Sound.”

    • This is a really interesting topic, Megan! I am not so familiar with how video games became popular and what chiptunes are. I can definitely agree with you though that music is a very important factor of a game! I am looking forward for your presentation and learning more about chiptunes!