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Dana Plank

The Ohio State University

Dana Plank

Dana Plank (@Musicologess) earned her Ph.D in Historical Musicology from The Ohio State University in December 2018, with a dissertation on representations of disability in early video game soundscapes. She earned her BA in violin performance, music history, and Japanese from Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009, and her MM in violin performance from Cleveland State University in 2011. Her research interests include the sacred music of Carlo Gesualdo, minimalist and post-minimalist opera, Egyptology, ludomusicology, disability studies, and music and identity.

Her publications include an article for The Soundtrack entitled “’From Russia with Fun!’ Tetris, Korobeiniki, and the Ludic Soviet,” and “Mario Paint Composer and Musical (Re)Play on YouTube,” a chapter in Michael Austin’s Music Video Games: Performance, Politics, and Play. She has three forthcoming publications: an article on the uses of the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor in 8-bit video games for BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute; a chapter on musical exoticism in Cleopatra no Ma Takara for the Famicom, for Music in the Role-Playing Game: Heroes and Harmonies (edited by William Gibbons and Steven Reale); and a chapter on the cognitive and physiological effects of game sound for the Cambridge Companion to Video Game Music (edited by Melanie Frisch and Tim Summers). In addition to her scholarship, she remains active as a violinist and chamber musician

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