William Gibbons Speaks on Video Games and Kubrick's Use of Music

September 10, 2018
William Gibbons, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Musicology at Texas Christian University, will present a Lyceum Series lecture entitled “A Clockwork Homage: Classical Music and Kubrick’s Legacy in Video Games” on Tuesday, September 18, beginning at 11:00 a.m. in Room 104 of Baylor’s Moody Memorial Library.
Dr. Gibbons holds the Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.
Among William Gibbons’s publications is the recently released Replay Value: The Art of Classical Music in Video Games. This Lyceum Series lecture is based on one chapter in that book. It focuses on games that use classical music to allude to the films of director Stanley Kubrick, whether as homage, parody, or both. “By invoking Kubrick’s work,” Dr. Gibbons says, “these games aim to connect with his legacy as an artistically lauded filmmaker whose works also had wide appeal.” The lecture will explore connections between 2001: A Space Odyssey and the early space flight simulator Elite, which includes features explicitly modeled on Kubrick’s film. It will also examine games that make reference to Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.
According to Dr. Gibbons, “Classical music in Stanley Kubrick’s films often symbolizes high culture. Many of his works address art as an illusory concept, or at the least one under constant attack. Kubrick often positions the classically refined against modern vulgarity and brutality.” The lecture will explore video games in which classical music engages with this aspect of Kubrick’s films, the conflict of classical music and “modern vulgarity.” To greater or lesser extents, the games legitimize themselves artistically by piggybacking on Kubrick’s artistic legacy.
This Lyceum Series lecture, made possible by the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.
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