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DR. DAN GOLDING

Dr. Dan Golding is a lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University and an award-winning writer with over 200 publications (ABC ArtsCrikeyBuzzfeed, Meanjin, Kotaku). He co-wrote Game Changers (Affirm Press, 2016), made the soundtrack to Push Me Pull You (PS4, 2016), and from 2014-2017 was director of the Freeplay Independent Games Festival.
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Recent projects

BOOK:

I’m writing Star Wars After Lucas, a book about nostalgia, politics, and legacy in The Force AwakensRogue One, and Star Wars Rebels. Under contract with University of Minnesota Press (2019).

VIDEO ESSAY:

How Wonder Woman’s theme music went from bombastic to smart. Looking at how Wonder Woman‘s score gives the character depth.

BOOK:

Game Changers: From Minecraft to Misogyny, The Fight For The Future of Videogames (Affirm Press, 2016). Co-authored with Leena van Deventer.

WRITING:

The Man From Snowy River for Metro Magazine’s National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA)/Kodak Atlab Cinema Collection, an 8000 word commissioned essay on the legacy of an Australian classic.

JOURNAL ARTICLE:

Far From Paradise: The body, the apparatus and the image of contemporary virtual reality. Research published with Convergence analysing the cultural impact of contemporary Virtual Reality devices.

PODCAST:

I’m working with Andrew Pogson (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Nicholas Buc (conductor and composer) to make Art of the Score, a podcast about film music.

WRITING:

Remembering Star Wars for the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI) to mark the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars film.

VIDEO ESSAY:

John Williams and the Universal Language of Film Music. Exploring how music communicatess meaning in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

JOURNAL ARTICLE:

The Dreamers of La La Land for Senses of Cinema, on the unfashionable hope and impossible nostalgia at the heart of La La Land (2016).

MUSIC:

My recording of some Debussy for House House’s trailer for their upcoming untitled Goose Game.

RADIO:

A Short History of Videogames, a four-part documentary radio series including archival material and interviews, for Radio National (ABC Australia).

COMPOSING:

My soundtrack for Push Me Pull You (PS4, Steam, 2016). Available on BandCamp.

VIDEO ESSAY:

A Theory of Film Music. ‘Why can’t you hum a marvel melody?’, and other questions you never knew you wanted to know about film music.

MORE SOON:

I’m always working on my next project. Want to make it yours? Get in touch.