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The Theory And Practice Of Writing Music For Games (CRC Press/Routledge, 2024)

The Essential Guide to Game Audio: The Theory And Practice of Sound for Games (Focal Press/Routledge, 2014)

About “The Theory And Practice Of Writing Music For Games”

The nature of game music charges the modern-day composer with understanding a whole host of aesthetic and technical principles unique to the medium. Based on years of working in the field, as well as teaching the subject at colleges and universities, The Theory and Practice of Writing Music for Games is an invaluable resource for those looking for a classroom tested, directed course of study.

As players and composers, themselves, authors Steve Horowitz and Scott Looney share the inspiration and joy of game music with an emphasis on critical thinking and the creative process, exploring the parallels and distinctions to concert music, film, TV, cartoons, and other popular forms.

Each chapter builds on the next and guides the reader step by step through the essentials. Along with all the theory, a multitude of clearly defined hands-on projects and exercises are included, designed to prepare the reader to go out into the field with a complete understanding of the art and craft of music composition for games and visual media.


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About Game Audio Institute

We started the Game Audio Institute based on our experience in the industry and the classroom, where we have been developing curriculum and teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. To really get involved with the game audio industry these days, it is essential that you understand what’s under the hood of a game engine, and be able to speak the language of game design and implementation. You don’t have to be programmer (although that can’t hurt) but a general understanding of how games work is a must.

Unfortunately, all too often these days, people are missing out on developing a solid foundation in their understanding of interactive sound and music design. The GAI approach is fundamentally different. We want composers, sound designers, producers and audio professionals of all kinds to be familiar and comfortable with the very unique workflow associated with sound for games and interactive environments.


Steve Horowitz

Steve Horowitz is a creator of odd but highly accessible sounds and a diverse and prolific musician. Perhaps best known as a composer and producer for his original soundtrack to the Academy Award-nominated film “Super Size Me.”, Steve is also a noted expert in the field of sound for games. As audio director at Nickelodeon Digital, he has literally worked on hundreds of well known titles, projects that have garnered multiple Kid Screen, Webby, and Broadcast Design awards. Horowitz also received a Grammy Award in recognition of his engineering work on the multi-artist release, “True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe [Sugar Hill].” Best Bluegrass Album” (1996). The artist behind thirty one albums of mind bending original music, Steve currently resides in San Francisco.


Scott Looney

Scott Looney is a passionate artist, soundsmith, educator, and curriculum developer who has been helping students understand the basic concepts and practices behind the creation of content for interactive media and games for over fifteen years. He pioneered interactive online audio courses for the Academy Of Art University, and has also taught at Ex’pression College, Cogswell College, Pyramind Training, UC SantaCruz, City College SF, SF State University and Oregon State University. He has created compelling sounds for audiences, game developers and ad agencies alike across a broad spectrum of genres and styles, from contemporary music to experimental noise. In addition to his work in game audio and education, he is currently researching procedural and generative sound applications in games, and mastering the art of code.