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Monday, January 16, 2017

Dr Kenny McAlpine joins Professor Stephen Hawking and Charles Dicken as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his video game music work

An Abertay University academic has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts joining the likes of Professor Stephen Hawking and Charles Dickens.

Dr Kenny McAlpine becomes a member of the prestigious 262-year-old institution in recognition of his work, research and outreach projects in computer games music.

The society is committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges and was founded in 1754 by William Shipley on the belief that the creativity of ideas can enrich social progress.

Other notable current members include inventor of the internet Sir Tim Berners-Lee and broadcaster Adam Hart-Davis.

Historical members include Karl Marx, Peter Ustinov, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Dickens.

“It’s a terrific honour to become a small part of such a prestigious and historical institution, but it’s also more than a little daunting: the RSA roll-call includes some very notable figures and some truly world-changing achievements,” Dr Mc Alpine said.

“Like many who enter public service, I became an academic because I wanted to make a positive difference, and so it’s wonderful to think that I might be pulling in the right direction."

Dr McAlpine is preparing to publish a new book, Bits n Pieces: A history of chip tunes, in spring or early summer.
The book charts the rise of the 'chip tune' sound from the underground game cracking scene of the 1980s and 1990s through to its use in big budget movies today.

It will be the first scholarly book on the subject.

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