PhD thesis

Ludomusicological Semiotics: Theory, Implications and Case Studies
The University of Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 2017
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“Winifred Phillips: Emotional resonance and social eloquence”
Chapter in Women’s Music for the Screen: Diverse Narratives in Sound, edited by Felicity Wilcox, 164–76. Routledge Music and Screen Media Series. New York: Routledge, 2021. doi: 10.4324/9780429264924-14.
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“Semiotics in Game Music”
Chapter in The Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music, edited by Melanie Fritsch and Tim Summers, 220–37. Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. doi:10.1017/9781108670289.015.
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“Meaningful Play: Performativity, Interactivity and Semiotics in Video Game Music”
Musicology Australia, volume 36, number 2, December 2014, pp. 273–290. doi: 10.1080/08145857.2014.958272
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Downloadable version here: Iain Hart – Meaningful Play – Accepted Manuscript version

“Hard Boiled Music: The Case of L.A. Noire
Screen Sound: The Australasian Journal of Soundtrack Studies, number 5, 2015, pp. 19–35
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Conference papers

“Meaningful play: A performative analysis of video game music”

  • Performative Voices: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Music Research, University of South Australia, 1–2 December 2012
  • Ludo2013 Easter Conference, University of Liverpool, 12–13 April 2013
  • Music and the Moving Image Conference, New York University, 31 May–2 June 2013

“Hard-boiled music: The case of L.A. Noire

  • Music and metamorphosis: Joint conferences of the MSA and NZMS, Griffith University, 18–22 November 2013
  • North American Conference on Video Game Music, Youngstown State University, 18–19 January 2014

“Massively multi-musical: the diverse musical experiences of EVE Online

  • Ludo2014, University of Chichester (via Skype), 10–12 April 2014

Blog posts

“Creativity in abstraction: beyond the film/game parallel”
Guest blog post on, 3 December 2013,


Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games — Board member
Journal of Sound and Music in Games — Editorial board member
Musicological Society of Australia
Ludomusicology Society of Australia


Google Scholar profile