Interactive video game music is a relatively new and quickly expanding art form, incorporating elements of music history, cinema, and video game theory. This study explores how music functions, reveals meaning, and defines player experience within the interactive world of the video games Portal and Portal 2—and how the paradoxical, twisting essence of the Portal world is created and shaped musically. Ultimately, this is a study of the continued existence and relevance of classical music and traditional music history in the futuristic world of video games.
Level of Honors
Conservatory of Music
Rowe, Helen A., "A Study of Music, Embodiment, and Meaning in the World of Portal" (2013). Lawrence University Honors Projects. Paper 47.