New music festival will feature Japanese composer Masaya Matsuura and UK composer Rob Hubbard

All Your Bass music festival to launch in January at the National Videogame Arcade

The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham will play host to a new festival celebrating video game music. The ‘All Your Bass’ festival (nice pun) will include a series of talks and concerts over two days starting on January 19th, 2018.

The main headline for the festival will be Japanese composer Masaya Matsuura who will deliver talks about his recent commissions and present a soundtrack specially composed for the National Videogame Arcade building itself. He will also be reflecting on previous works, including his pioneering work on the rhythm action game, Parappa the Rapper. “I’m really looking forward to join ‘All Your Bass: The Videogame Music Festival’ and visiting Nottingham for the second time. I hope this will inspire something undiscovered in your mind, said Matsuura-san.

Joining him will be UK composer Rob Hubbard, who will deliver talks exploring the influences and techniques behind some of the most well-known pieces of video game music. There will also be a talk from Maria Kallionpää and the University of Nottingham’s Mixed Reality Lab, who will be presenting their recent collaboration Climb! fusing live piano performance with an interactive experience.

"The University of Nottingham is delighted to be participating in All Your Bass, establishing a new, annual appointment for videogame audio and music," said research fellow Adrian Hazzard. "The NVA is at the vanguard of bringing cutting edge work to the public and we can’t wait to see what they make of our interactive musical experiences. We have ‘Climb’, a game like composition for pianist, self-playing piano and electronics and an exploratory locative audio walk around the streets of Nottingham City Centre.”

The first day’s events will also conclude at the nearby Royal Concert Hall where Jessica Curry and Thomas McMullen will bring the Dear Esther tour to Nottingham.

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