The Musical Narrative

is creating Essays on Video Game Music




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About The Musical Narrative

The Musical Narrative is a series of essays on music and the music form, with a focus on video game music.

You can help support my work by pledging any amount you're comfortable with, on a per article basis.

(This means if I don't write, you don't get charged. And if there's one thing I don't do, it's publish something that I'm not completely satisfied with.)

Here's one I'm particularly proud of: An Examination of Leitmotifs and Their Use to Shape Narrative in UNDERTALE

Cool, so you write about music. What makes this essay series different?

I think most people don't give themselves enough credit when it comes to their ability to understand basic music theory.
If you're the type of person to enjoy reading articles about music on the internet, you likely have enough literacy around listening to music that you could, with some explanation, learn to apply concepts of music theory to enhance your enjoyment of music and to better appreciate the vast amounts of amazing music that's out there. And that's really my goal--to help my readers better appreciate and enjoy their favorite works of music, and learn a bit of music theory along the way.

Who are you and why are you doing this?

My name is Jason Yu. I've been doing music stuff my whole life. I started learning classical piano since I was 5, and I studied in music in college. I also write electronic and classical piano music (still unreleased!).

I work a normal office job otherwise--"Marketing Operations."

(Some people in the competitive Super Smash Bros. Melee community know me as Zeldafreak.)

I started writing about music because I would routinely get really excited about a work of music but not really be able to share with anyone and really have them understand. (Plus it's hard trying to explain this stuff in person.) So I started writing about it.

The thing that really motivated me to continue doing this was getting feedback from people who told me they didn't know how to read music at all, but were able to follow along with my articles and learn something.

And, who knows? I'd love to do something music-related for a living. Not really sure how this will help, but I imagine it will somehow.

How often will you publish an article?

I'm going to estimate one every 6-8 weeks...but it's hard to say.

From the conception of an idea, to the notation of the music, to actually writing something substantial (~2000 words at least)--the process can take anywhere from 20 to 100 hours. Of course, essays on a single track or piece will be quicker than ones on an entire soundtrack. But even essays on a single track will be substantive--I take care to never release anything shallow or unsatisfyingly short.

Why Patreon?

Well, for one, I don't like ads. I don't want to put ads on my website, I don't want to put my articles behind a paywall, or try to sell them to some sort of publication. I want these to be available to everyone as an educational resource, free of charge--and to provide those who actually can and want to support me with a way to do so. If you do decide to become a patron, know that it's all going back into my work so that I can continue providing you with better and more frequent content. (Trust me, I'd love to do this sort of thing full, or even part-time.)

Thank you!

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Thank you! Every contribution helps me reach my goal of working with music full time.
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Get access to sneak previews of upcoming articles, random ideas and thoughts on music, and occasional recordings of my own music!
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Thank you so much! For patrons pledging $10 or more, I'll make any scores / transcriptions I create for my articles available for download!

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