Sam McEwanVideo games like Super Mario Bros and The Legend of Zelda hold great nostalgic significance throughout society. But there is one aspect of video games that resonates with almost everyone: their soundtracks.

Sam McEwan, who will be graduating from the Music and Culture program this fall, was researching the intersections of nostalgia, participatory culture and live symphonic performance, specifically through the close ethnographic study of the touring organization called Video Games Live.

“Research on nostalgia within various interdisciplinary fields such as cultural studies has recently given much more attention to the relationships between nostalgic affect and video games, of which the game’s soundtrack plays a significant role,” shared McEwan.

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