On Friday, January 27, Peter Shultz, PhD candidate in the department of Music, will present and discuss “On Cues and Clues: Investigating Musical Space and Persona in L. A. Noire.”
“While film composers, sound designers, and scholars have long distinguished between diegetic and non-diegetic music (or ‘source’ and ‘score’), others have pointed out that film music frequently straddles this supposed boundary. For example, what initially sounds like underscore may be turn out to be a kitchen radio in the scene, and diegetic characters in musicals sing along with non-diegetic orchestras. Video-game scholars such as Kristine Jørgensen and Mark Grimshaw have observed that music and sound in games raises new problems for the diegetic concept of audio: agents in the game world may address the player directly, and player-controlled characters respond to audio cues that they cannot ‘hear.’ This paper uses evidence from L. A. Noire (Rockstar/Team Bondi 2011) to interrogate existing models of music and space, proposing that a theory of persona, adapted from the work of Edward Cone in the 1970s and reinterpreted through recent research on cognition and perception, affords a richer understanding of musical expression.”
There are no pre-circulated materials for this presentation.
The New Media Workshop meets from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in Cobb 310.