Female Credit: Excavating Acknowledgement for the Capcom Sound Team

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Rietveld, H and Lemon, A (2021). Female Credit: Excavating Acknowledgement for the Capcom Sound Team. in: Fritsch, M and Summers, T (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music Cambridge Cambridge University Press.
AuthorsRietveld, H and Lemon, A
EditorsFritsch, M and Summers, T
Abstract

The chapter is based on a collaborative project that focuses on the mostly female Capcom Sound Team. The Japanese game development company Capcom (CAPsule COMputers), is known for some of the most popular action arcade games of the 80s and early 90s, developed with mainly male players in mind. The composition and sound design work by this collective of female composers influenced a host of game composers through their pioneering work on early arcade hardware. Yet in versions of games ported from the arcade to home consoles and computers, their work was left uncredited. Popular recognition for their composition and sound design work has been relatively slow, due to a number of factors that include the use of pseudonyms and the company’s team-focused crediting policy, as well as the routine ex-scription of women in a male-dominated game culture where, as Kocurek puts it, young competitive “technomasculinity” is foregrounded.

KeywordsGame Music; Gender; Game Industry
Year2021
Book titleCambridge Companion to Video Game Music
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationCambridge
Edition1st Edition
SeriesCambridge Core
ISBN9781108670289
Publication dates
Print30 Apr 2021
Online30 Apr 2021
Publication process dates
Accepted08 Jun 2020
Deposited03 Sep 2020
Web address (URL)https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/cambridge-companion-to-video-game-music/DF1838B7C7C5251D7FD77BCC1F862FEB
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This material has been accepted for publication in a revised form and will be published in the Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music edited by Melanie Fritsch https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/cambridge-companion-to-video-ga... music/DF1838B7C7C5251D7FD77BCC1F862FEB. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press.

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