Keys To Play: Music As A Ludic Medium From Apollo To Nintendo
Keys To Play: Music As A Ludic Medium From Apollo To Nintendo
Keys To Play: Music As A Ludic Medium From Apollo To Nintendo

Roger Moseley

Keys To Play: Music As A Ludic Medium From Apollo To Nintendo

  • Publish Date: 2016-10-28
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Roger Moseley
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How do keyboards make music playable? Drawing on theories of media, systems, and cultural techniques, Keys to Play spans Greek myth and contemporary Japanese digital games to chart a genealogy of musical play and its animation via improvisation, performance, and recreation. As a paradigmatic digital interface, the keyboard forms a field of play on which the books diverse objects of inquiryfrom clavichords to PCs and eighteenth-century musical dice games to the latest rhythm-action titlesenter into analogical relations. Remapping the keyboards topography by way of Mozart and Super Mario, who head an expansive cast of historical and virtual actors, Keys to Play invites readers to unlock ludic dimensions of music that are at once old and new.

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