Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) is an interdisciplinary centre for research/ creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art

Past Events


Jun 18, 2021

Game Soundtrack Workshop 🎵

What Makes a Compelling Soundtrack?:
Storytelling through Music

With Emily Cheng (GISULA)

This workshop will be most useful for composers and musicians, but will also be informative for writers, developers, and anyone with an interest in learning about storytelling through music. All experience levels welcome!

Ever play a game and wonder how the music enhances the story so much? Or watch a movie and find yourself emotional upon hearing a tune, but not knowing why? People often say that music is 50% of the game or film experience, which means it’s important to connect it to your story. In the first half of this workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of how parts of a soundtrack come together (e.g. writing character themes, choosing instruments, tone, conveying emotion, etc) and analyze pieces of notable soundtracks and how they influence and are influenced by the storyline. In the second half, we will come up with a short storyline as a group and simulate how to compose a soundtrack for it.

Instructor bio:

Emily Cheng (GISULA) is a Taiwanese-American composer, music producer, and pianist based in NY. Originally an award-winning classically-trained pianist and former hip hop producer, she now primarily composes for games, film, and other media. Her music often blends diverse styles and unconventionally-paired instruments (she calls it “fantasy fusion”). Previously, she also taught piano lessons for 7 years, and she’s excited to be speaking at GAMERella.

This event will have open captions available.

REGISTER: https://forms.gle/2gxfSiRZymwag8Zx6


WHAT? workshop
WHEN? Friday June 18th, 6:00pm
WHERE? For online link, please register here!
WHO? Everyone is welcome!


This workshop is organized as part of the 2021 GAMERella Global (July 9-11), a free online game jam which aims to empower women, gnc folks, PoC, queer people, and those otherwise marginalized through game making. Come join us for a weekend of games, creativity, and fun!!
For more info: https://tag.hexagram.ca/gamerella/


Jun 28, 2021

Character Design Workshop 🎮

Character Design

With Ying Ding

This workshop will showcase the character design process and the tools to achieve it in an efficient way. Any level is welcome! You will learn about shape languages, silhouette explorations and color. Feel free to bring your drawing tools, as we will do a sketch demo during the 2 hour workshop.

This event will have open captions available.

REGISTER: https://forms.gle/2gxfSiRZymwag8Zx6


WHAT? workshop
WHEN? Monday, June 28th, 6:00pm
WHERE? For online link, please register here!
WHO? Everyone is welcome!


This workshop is organized as part of the 2021 GAMERella Global (July 9-11), a free online game jam which aims to empower women, gnc folks, PoC, queer people, and those otherwise marginalized through game making. Come join us for a weekend of games, creativity, and fun!!
For more info: https://tag.hexagram.ca/gamerella/


Jul 09, 2021 - Jul 11, 2021

GAMERella Global

July 9-11, 2021
Online, available worldwide

This July, GAMERella organizers are planning an event to help emerging game-makers around the world get to the next level! Founded in 2013, GAMERella is a free, learner-friendly and supportive game jam, dedicated to finding ways to better serve people who are often excluded from traditional game-making spaces. The Global edition will feature new, playful and innovative structures rooted in research, experience and participant feedback of the past 8 years. Register now for free here!

Hundreds of people have made their very first game at GAMERella, the world’s longest running inclusive game jam. Now it is time to level up! Make your next game, learn about the industry, make connections across the globe, get a job or start your own indie studio! As always, GAMERella invites women (cis/trans), trans men, non-binary/genderqueer folks, BIPOC, and any others who feel they haven’t reached their potential in game-making, to join GAMERella Global in a weekend of fun game-making. All you need to participate is a computer, internet access, and a clear calendar on July 9-11, 2021. 

GAMERella Global event info, logo and cute characters
GAMERella Global 2021 is co-presented by Concordia University’s Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre and EA Motive Studio, and is supported by Autodesk and Behaviour Interactive. Our partners include Concordia University, the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, and the one and only Global Game Jam.

BACKGROUND
Many people still feel intimidated by the game-making scene and find it challenging to participate in events like game jams. In 2013, GAMERella was conceived at Concordia University, and is Co-founder and main organizer Gina Hara is a filmmaker, artist and activist. She is known for her feature documentary Geek Girls that was released in 2018. She is also the creative director of the TAG Research Centre. 

 


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