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Take your composition career to the next level at High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming, a dynamic one-day event focusing on the music used in today’s video games, featuring presentations on both the creative and professional side of the industry.

Being held at The Arcade, and hosted by host of ABC ME’s Spawn Point Angharad 'Rad' Yeo, we’ll be starting the day with a keynote from London-based composer and arranger Kevin PenkinOriginally from Perth, Kevin has collaborated on a number of Japanese video games with legendary Final Fantasy Series composer Nobuo Uematsu, as well as scoring the acclaimed anime series Made in Abyss.

With a mix of quick talks on hot topics like AI and working with devs, to in-depth industry panels covering royalties, grants, licensing and beyond, our industry pros include reps from Remote Control Records, Film Victoria, Pozible, Otherworld Agency and more.

Want to find out a bit more? Read our 10 things you need to know about High Score.

Check out our playlist of games music and sounds by Australian composers.

The day includes valuable networking time to meet with fellow composers as well as our industry guests.


Registration, Welcome to Country

The Value of Music: How to Add to Gaming Experiences
Kevin Penkin
inc Q & A

Paperbark - The Role of Aesthetic 
Biddy Connor, Michael Theiler

Ask Me Anything
Grants & Money
Gemma Bastiani (Pozible), Liam Routt (Film Victoria), Kaushali Seneviratne (Creative Victoria)

Hand of Fate 2 - Return to a Soundworld
Jeff van Dyck, Anne-Marie Weber

The Value of Diversity in Teams (Gender, Genre, Generation, Geography, & Culture)
Sarah Moran (Girl Geek Academy), Brett Leavy (Virtual Songlines), Jess Zammit (Queerly Represent Me)


Quick Talks
AI Is Listening - Justin Shave (Uncanny Valley)
Project Management - Communication between Artists & Devs - Lisy Kane (Girl Geek Academy)
Sound Right? - Audio in Videogame Marketing and PR Lauren Clinnick (Lumi Consulting)

Business - Licensing, Rights and Royalties
Panel: David Shiels (APRA AMCOS), Jill Stewart (Remote Control Records), Fabian Malabello (Otherworld Agency)

Ask Me Anything
Breaking into the Industry
Panel: Lisy Kane (Girl Geek Academy), Giselle Rosman (IGDA Melbourne), Kevin Penkin, Fabian Malabello (Otherworld Agency)

Networking drinks

High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming 
When: Saturday 20 October, 9am-5:30pm, with networking drinks to follow
Where:  The Arcade, 164 Kings Way, South Melbourne
Cost: $60 for APRA AMCOS members, $80 for non-members. Ticket price includes lunch.
Tickets: No longer available

High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming is presented by APRA AMCOS and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Event Info

20 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018


$60 APRA AMCOS members / $80 non-members

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