William Gibbons

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Musicology
Jarvis Hall 319

william.gibbons@tcu.edu | 817-257-6634


Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Emory & Henry College

Courses Taught

Music History III: Music Since 1900
Music in the United States
Seminar: Women in Classical Music Since 1900

Areas of Focus

Music in Film, Television and Video Games , Music in France, 1870-1945, Contemporary Music History, Opera Studies, Cultural Studies


Gibbons, William. Replay Value: The Art of Classical Music in Video Games. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Donnelly, K.J., William gibbons, and Neil Lerner, eds. Music in Video Games: Studying Play. New York: Routledge, 2014.

Gibbons, William. Building the Operatic Museum: Eighteenth-Century Opera in Fin-de-siècle Paris. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2013.


Gibbons, William. “Video Game Music.” Oxford Bibliographies in Music, ed. Bruce Gustafson. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Gibbons, William. “Music, Genre, and Nationality in Postmillennial Fantasy Role-Playing Games.” In The Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound, ed. Miguel Mera, Ron Sadoff, and Ben Winters. New York and London: Routledge, 2017.

Gibbons, William. “The Sounds in the Machine: Hirokazu Tanaka’s Cybernetic Soundscape for Metroid (1986).”

In The Palgrave Handbook of Sound Design and Music in Screen Media: Integrated Soundtracks, ed. Liz Greene and Danijela Kulezic-Wilson: 347–59. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016.

Gibbons, William. “Remixed Metaphors: Manipulating Classical Music and Its Meanings in Video Games.” In Ludomusicology: Approaches to Video Game Music, ed. Michiel Kamp, Tim Summers, and Mark Sweeney: 198–222. Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2016.

Gibbons, William. “Game Audio.” In Debugging Game History: A Critical Lexicon, ed. Raiford Guins and Henry Lowood. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2016.

Gibbons, William. “(De)Translating Mozart: The Magic Flute in 1909 Paris.” Opera Quarterly 28/4 (Winter 2012): 37–53.

Gibbons, William. “ ‘Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams’: Popular Music, Narrative, and Dystopia in Bioshock.” Game Studies: The International Journal of Computer Game Research 11/3 (December 2011). Available online at http://gamestudies.org/1103/articles/gibbons.

Gibbons, William. “Music of the Future, Music of the Past: Tannhäuser and Alceste at the Paris Opéra.” 19th Century Music 33/3 (Spring 2010): 228–42.

American Musicological Society

College Music Society

Society for American Music

Society for the Study of Sound and Music in Games (Executive Board Member)