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Composers Push the Envelope with Music for Video Games

As the film industry changes, composers are increasingly finding work writing music for video games, according to the Los Angeles Times. It used to be that if you wanted to make good money composing music, you'd aim to write scores for movies or television. But it's tough to get a composing gig for a large-budget film, and music budgets for independent and smaller-budget films have shrunk. As the market for video games has expanded, composing music for video games has become an increasingly attractive market to composers who can no longer count on work writing for movies or tv. There are also artistic advantages for writing music for video games. Some composers have found freedom to write edgy, even experimental music for games, others are satisfied that, since a game is played differently each time, their music never sounds "the same way twice." And video game scores don't always just stay within the world of gaming. Some popular video game soundtracks have made it big on their own in the world of CD sales. Read more: For Composers, Video Games Are the Surreal Land of Opportunity (LAT)

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.