The Journal of Sound and Music in Games will be published by the University of California Press in partnership with the Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games. Professor Stephen Baysted, Professor of Film, TV and Games Composition at the University of Chichester, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the journal and he will lead its world-class editorial board.
The journal will feature research, comment and editorial from game audio practitioners and researchers from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, computer science, media studies, psychology and sociology, as well as musicology.
Professor Baysted commented: "The success of a video game is not simply down to its look—sound and music play an invaluable role in building excitement, drama and tension and in fully-engaging the gamer. Scholarly research around what has, until very recently, considered an embryonic field of enquiry has grown exponentially in the past decade and a half. With the launch of the Journal of Sound and Music in Games, the first of its kind dedicated to the study of sound and music in games, our discipline has come of age."