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High Score: seven reasons why you should attend

Story Published Thursday 15 September 2022
High Score 2022, artwork by Goldie Bartlett

Interested to find out a bit more about High Score? Here are seven reasons why you should join us!

1-2 October,
at Melbourne International Games Week and live stream worldwide.

Open to all skill levels, it's a great way to meet the people who make games and music for games.

Why should you sign up to be part of this year's High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Gaming?

Because it's a great way to acquaint yourself with making music for games if it's something you'd like to try. And, if you're already making music for games, this is an opportunity to go deeper into the technical and creative aspects and connect with the industry.

Not sure if you can get to Melbourne? Apply for The High Score Scholarships program, presented by the Australian Council of the Arts in partnership with APRA AMCOS - closes 16 September.

Tickets are on sale for in-person ($120 APRA AMCOS member/$150 non-member) or the live stream (just $40!).

Those are the more general reasons. If that hasn't convinced you, here are seven more reasons.

1. Get the story behind the sound and music from the creators of #1 Nintendo Switch game Cult of the Lamb. No biggie.

Previous High Score attendee and composer Narayana Johnson aka River Boy and Massive Monster Creative Director Julian Wilton take us into their sound world, with moderator Angharad Yeo. The album on Spotify has already had more than 2 million streams.

2. Love music for games? Get inspired by the creators and collaborators of some of the most exciting games in the world right now.

Hear direct from the composers, sound artists and developers of games. That's right we have:

3. We are here to encourage. Register for A&R feedback from some of the best and fairest in the biz.

Submissions close at 3:00PM 19 September 2022 (AEST). Track or demo reel feedback sessions are coordinated by composer Belinda Coomes. Spots are limited!

4. Want to break into the biz but don't know how? Join the club!

A dream team of creators Angela Little, Hew Wagner and Neha Patel get honest in Breaking In, Breaking Out: Learnings from My First Year in Game Audio - moderated by Jini Maxwell.

5. Keynotes from composers with a lot of heart and serious cred. We're talking BAFTA Award-winning cred.

Three-time BAFTA award winning composer, sound designer and audio director Jeff van Dyck (Total War franchise, Paint the Town Red, Hand of Fate II and Unpacking) will speak about crafting a signature aesthetic.

Direct from Brooklyn will be composer Josie Brechner (Best Friend Forever, Freshly Frosted), who will deliver a keynote on ‘Collaborating and Crafting Audio with Heart’.

6. The two days are fully catered, plus we're having a networking session with pals from VMDO.

Did we mention the ticket includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea and Saturday networking sesh? Sorry, live streamers, you will need to BYO snacks.

7. You can immerse yourself into High Score over two days as well as re-watch at your leisure.

In-person attendees and live streamers can watch back High Score on-demand for 30 days after the event. The in-person event takes place at LCI Melbourne, Collingwood.

See you there!

High Score is presented by APRA AMCOS, in partnership with the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, as part of Melbourne International Games Week.