From 8-bit to orchestras: How does video game music affect you?

Have you ever played a video game? Of course you have, what a silly question.

You know how important music can be when it comes to gaming. But what if you choose to play without music? Or, what if you replace the music with your own soundtrack? How does that affect your playing?

We’re going to dig into the psychology of video game music, explain how the interactivity of video game music works and figure out what “8-bit” means.

• More from Dr. Siu-Lan Tan: What’s the secret to high scores on video games?

• And find out more about Ochen Kaylan’s 8-bit music software Chip64.

• And check out Top Score, a podcast from Classical Minnesota Public Radio all about video game music!