Dr. Steven Reale


Steven Reale

Steven Reale teaches courses in the Music Theory program at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. He has become an acknowledged leader in the field of video game music, a topic on which his scholarly publications and presentations have attained an international impact. He is a co-founder of the North American Conference on Video Game Music and was the lead organizer of the first conference, held at YSU in 2014. He received the UK Ludomusicology Research Group’s inaugural Award for Excellence in Game Audio Research for his 2015 SMT presentation on transformational geographies in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and his two-part video series on the music from the Portal franchise of video games was published by the peer-reviewed video journal SMT-V in 2016. In 2019 Dr. Reale will see the publication of two works: first, a volume of essays, Heroes and Harmonies: Music in the Role Playing Game, co-edited with William Gibbons at TCU in Fort Worth, TX. Second, in a different avenue of research, his article applying discrete calculus to musical meters, "The Calculus of Finite (Metric) Dissonances," will appear in the flagship journal of American music theory: Music Theory Spectrum.