We're excited to host this fantastic list of panels and panelists! Be sure to check out our schedule for panel dates and times, as well as our Music and Community Events!
As the prevalence of video game music in the lives of young children grows, we do not yet understand the degree to which this music aligns with such recommendations. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which video game music embodies the musical elements that have been indicated to enrich a young child’s musical development.
Bonnie Bogovich, mezzocarattere, Laura Intravia, Liz Rishel, Julia Henderson, Julia Handschin
Are you planning to arrange a track that features a choir, solo vocals, or combination of the two? Have you been a part of a project before where you felt confused on how to begin, and how to best prepare your scores and guides for your singers? Are you a singer, used to performing live with a full ensemble, but left confused and hesitant on how to begin in a digital recording? Our select group of experienced vocalists and arrangers are here to help, offering their tips and tricks, successes and failures, and more in this very vocal panel. Composers, singers, arrangers, fans, and those interested in how to make their tracks shine with that extra edge are all welcome.
David Sylvester, Noah Castro
Since the days of Street Fighter II and even through Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, fighting game music has complimented the game’s pacing and kept players hooked for many years. This panel will explore the impact of songs from fighting games that have stood the test of time across several titles and generations, for everyone from button mashing casuals to music theory enthusiasts and arcade veterans.
Tera Catallo, Julia Henderson, Carlos Eiene
Ever wondered how to make money as a musician who makes arrangements of pre-existing music? Want to turn your passion into a business? Get foundational and in-depth knowledge on everything you as a cover artist need to know! Tera, Julia, and Carlos are veterans in the VGM scene, and David is a Community Manager at Soundrop (a music distributor).
Maria Bastos, Jess Destramp
Arrangements can take a lot of different forms, depending on the musicians, style, and setting you’re working with. We’re going to explore a few different ways you can expand on a lead sheet and show you some tricks for making your own VGM arrangements!
Interview with several developers of games where music is a critical component, talking about the process for designing games around music, music around games , and more! Plus, a preview of some of the content from the MakersPlay event running the weekend of Mar 26th!
Ro Panuganti, Jade Leamcharaskul, Hassan DuRant
The Diversity panel will be exploring the many cultural influences in video game music and remixes, particularly less-represented ones, navigating composing/arranging with respect to our backgrounds, and sharing experiences in the game music community with regard to diversity. We will also include Q&A for our chat.
Maria Bastos, Jess Destramp
Are you a budding musician who wants to learn how to play VGM but you don’t know where to start? Join us for some tips, strategies, and resources for how to break into this awesome genre of music!
Roselie Samter, Matheus Garcia Souza
Videri String Quartet members Roselie Samter & Matheus Garcia Souza will talk about effective communication and why it is integral to a harmonious relationship within a musical group.
We’ll explore various memes and other weird things that video game music musicians find funny for some weird reason or another.
General debriefing of how we put the video together, things we learned, things I’d do differently, and what the overall takeaway was
Eder Bastos, Jarel Jones
Discussion of the usage and focus of music and motifs in major storytelling and characterization set pieces in Final Fantasy XIV.
@BardicKnowledge, @Musicologess, @_juliannemarie, @CooksterKC
Most would agree that FFVII’s soundtrack is one of the greatest, whether for its compositional scope or plain nostalgia. Make sure to check out “The Music of Midgar” so you can get an in-depth comparison of the original vs. the remake!
Chris "MooMan" Nyarady
Test your VGM music through rounds of increasingly difficult questions with updated leaderboards in real time.
Daniel Romberger (dannymusic)
Learn about about phrase rhythm, an music theory analytical technique, and how phrase rhythm allows certain melodies in video game music to take on a distinctive character.
If a tarot reading could make music, what would it sound like? In this talk, Megan Carnes will delve into the music for her upcoming tarot-based interactive music experience, Divinuet. Exploring both her interactive composition methods and how she sets it all up in Wwise, she’ll demonstrate how she makes each unique reading a new aural experience without sacrificing musicality.
insaneintherainmusic, The Returners, Videri String Quartet, The Game Brass, and Ocabanda, mod. by Daniel Romberger
This Q&A panel will cover the ins and outs of how to organize a VGM band as well as the unique challenges and benefits involved
Doug Perry (DrumUltimA)
A brief history of streaming platforms, an overview of the technology involved, and a demonstration of how streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube can be utilized to foster audiences and create engaging, interactive venues for the modern performing musician.
Songs of Healing
Board-Certified Music Therapist and Twitch streamer Songs of Healing discusses what music therapy is and how she has used video game music in her clinical work.
David Chihlas (DavidPiano)
VGLeadsheets has become a very useful and important tool for musicians wanting to learn video game music. This panel will show you the process of how a lead sheet for the site is created and how you can make your own lead sheets for any VGM tune.
Learn how to beatbox with some awesome VGM examples! No experience required 🙂
Manny will be playing some VGM covers and remixes while Ladyorchkeystra does speed drawing of character(s) from the correlating video games.
Join ZEN, resident video game trivia master, in a geeky, musical version of Jeopardy! Topics will cover common franchise motifs, famous VGM composers, soundtrack identification, and much more! Participants can stream the Jeopardy board on Twitch and submit answers through the VGMTogether discord!
VGM: The Next Generation
The next generation of musicians can learn music theory, jazz and music production through studying VGM. Music teacher, Will Morales, shares his experience teaching VGM to all ages and stages.
Painting watercolor Pokemon and chatting with the audience, all to the tunes of classic Pokemon music.
Bonnie Bogovich, Alexander Brandon, John Robert Matz, Brian Diamond
Join our panelists, as they dive into their work as voice actors in the video game world, how they got there, how a background in voice aids and enhances their other game audio skillsets, and vice versa. Great for voice actors wanting to get into game audio design, audio designers and game developers wanting to better understand how the voice acting process works, and more!
Yoga for Gamers 101
Yoga for Gamers is all about connecting the wires of your body and mind while developing greater awareness of your entire human system. You’ll have inspiring, relaxing video game music playlists to move and breathe to, creating a great mood and making tension-release that much easier.