Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2018-2019
Image from a video game

From RetroBits to VR Hits

Video games are a multi-billion dollar industry, providing a platform for some of the world’s most creative artists to astound us with their interactive media. In a series of public events over the course of three days, a gathering of composers, designers, performers curators and educators will explore the music of this vital cultural phenomenon through film, lectures, discussions, performance and interactive displays.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019 at 7 PM
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building

FILM: Reformat the Planet | 82 mins.

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Directed by Paul Owens
Reformat the Planet is a documentary about the first annual Blip Festival that explores the ChipTunes movement, in which composers create new electronic music using repurposed video hardware.
Not Rated

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 at 12 PM
Whittall Pavilion

PANEL: “Copyrighting a Cartridge: An Inside Look at Copyright and Video Games”

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A conversation about the copyright process for video games and music. Presented in cooperation with the Office of Public Information & Education in the Copyright Office.

FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 at 8 PM
Coolidge Auditorium

CONCERT: Hi Score! Introducing a Game to its Music

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The Coolidge Auditorium will transform into a game creation lab as a new Library commission by composer Austin Wintory gets re-spawned as part of a video game score—all while you watch! First hear the new commission performed by violinist Philippe Quint and pianist Peter Dugan, and then hear it recontextualized using interactive media. A new game is being designed by Rami Ismail just for this event, and we’ll get to see, hear and discuss how it all comes together. Bryan Mosley and Gene Dreyband of Pixelated Audio fame will join the conversation and provide some context for this dynamic process. Additionally, the Triforce Quartet will perform some classic tunes re-imagined for string quartet!

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE
"A Brief History of Video Game Music"
Bryan Mosley and Gene Dreyband, Pixelated Audio
6:30pm - Whittall Pavilion

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 at 11 AM
Whittall Pavilion

#DECLASSIFIED: Processing and Preserving Video Games

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David Gibson, Motion Picture, Broadcast and Recorded Sound Division; Amanda May, Preservation Reformatting Division
Amanda May and David Gibson from the Library of Congress will discuss the steps that the Library takes to collect, catalog and preserve video game content, focusing on the employment of Resource Description and Access (RDA) to describe video games in the catalog and the use of specialized hardware and software to forensically recover data from fragile digital media.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019 at 2 PM
Whittall Pavilion

LECTURE: “The Interface Between Music Composition and Video Game Design”

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Winifred Phillips, composer and author
Winifred Phillips speaks about her work as a composer in the video game industry, exploring the process of composing for video games, from concept to release.