For some Gettysburgians, an obsession with video games can mean “game over” for their scholarly pursuits, but not Sunderman Conservatory of Music Prof. Bill O’Hara—he’s actually built a career around it. This spring O’Hara is teaching a course devoted to video game music.
“It’s a very new thing for Gettysburg College to be offering a class like this,” O’Hara said. “We’re one of the first 10 or 15 schools in the U.S. to have a video game music class. In my mind, it’s a way of encouraging students to study something they’re interested in and letting them build upon it.”
Through the innovative course, music and non-music majors use tools like Arduino (a simple programmable circuit board) and FamiTracker (a composition program that simulates early Nintendo music coding) to create their own video game soundtracks.
Follow this link for more information about the course.