This episode we have a departure from academia; a different approach to the creation and transmission of knowledge. We interview Eli Smith, Traditional Music Consultant for Rockstar Games' Red Dead Redemption 2. In our first COVID-19 recording (you may hear some sirens), we discuss the American music archive both as living tradition and recording technology, and the ways in which these interface with the virtual space of a digital game.
Eli is a folk singer, banjo player and guitarist who grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village. Smith has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and regularly performs as a solo musician and with the string band the Down Hill Strugglers http://elismithmusic.blogspot.com/
“Keywords in Play” is an interview series about game research supported by Critical Distance and the Digital Games Research Association. As a joint venture, “Keywords in Play” expands Critical Distance’s commitment to innovative writing and research about games while using a conversational style to bring new and diverse scholarship to a wider audience.
Our goal is to highlight the work of graduate students, early career researchers and scholars from under-represented groups, backgrounds and regions. The primary inspiration comes from sociologist and critic Raymond Williams. In the Preface to his book Keywords: a vocabulary of culture and society, Williams envisaged not a static dictionary but an interactive document, encouraging readers to populate blank pages with their own keywords, notes and amendments. “Keywords in Play” follows Williams in affirming that “The significance is in the selection”, and works towards diversifying the critical terms with which we describe games and game culture.
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Production Team: Darshana Jayemanne, Zoyander Street, Emilie Reed.
Audio Direction and Engineering: Damian Stewart
Double Bass: Aaron Stewart
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Keywords in Play Episode 15 - Leon Xiao
Keywords in Play Episode 14 - Adrienne Shaw
Episode 13 - Alenda Y. Chang
Keywords in Play Episode 12 - Aaron Trammell
Keywords in Play Episode 11 - Victor Navarro-Remesal and Thiago Falcão
Keywords in Play Episode 10 - Thi Nguyen
Keywords in Play Episode 9: Sonia Fizek
Keywords in Play Episode 8 - Lindsay Grace
Keywords in Play Episode 7 - Malath Abbas
Keywords in Play Episode 6:Jamie Woodcock
Keywords in Play Episode 4 - Rob Gallagher
Keywords in Play Episode 3: Bo Ruberg
Keywords in Play Episode 2: Emilie Reed
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