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Marios Aristopoulos

PhD student

Department of Music

E: Marios.Aristopoulos.1@city.ac.uk

Title of thesis: How does music affect user action and user experience in Massive Multiplayer Online video games

Supervisor: Dr Miguel Mera

Overview and research interests

Marios' thesis will focus exclusively on the receptive side of game audio; the way that music is experienced by the user/player in both a conscious and a subconscious level, and the way that this affects his actions. His research will examine a particularly interesting and relatively new category of video games, which is the Massive Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG).

In MMOGs music is frequently used for the following purposes:

  • To assist in player immersion
  • To highlight key moments in the game
  • To assist players in understanding the narrative
  • To provide continuity in a non linear experience
  • To assist and familiarize the players with the game world
  • To assist players in identifying and remembering important objects, characters and locations.
  • To warn players of upcoming events or potentially dangerous situations.
  • To assist players in reading particular situations.
  • To communicate emotional meaning

By conducting a variety of psychological and musicological experiments and collecting data from a number of informants, this study will examine how music affects areas such as those mentioned above.

  • Video game audio
  • Music and sound for the moving image
  • Popular music

Marios has an MMus in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, an MMus in Composition from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BMus from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Book reviews

  • Aristopoulos, M. (2012) 'Book review of The Game Audio Tutorial: A Practical Guide to Sound and Music for Interactive Games' in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, (5), University of Liverpool Press.

Conference presentations

  • 'The role of music in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: An analysis of the World of Warcraft music engine.' in 2012 Music and the Moving Image Conference, Steinhardt, New York University, NYC.


  • 2011-2012 Producer and presenter of a weekly prime time radio program titled "The World of Soundtracks", that is broadcasted nationally in Greece by BHMA FM 99.5 radio.

Selected compositions

  • 2012 Composer for the short film drama 'Something will turn up', Greece
  • 2009 Composer for the play Kant: Philosophy on Stage by Theodosios Pelegrinis(University of Athens Dean) in the Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Mousikis)
  • 2008 Performance of the composition Barcelona for quintet in the Athens Concert Hall (Megaro Mousikis) for the Young Musicians Workshops with Theodore Antoniou. The same piece was also performed by the London Chamber Orchestra in London.
  • 2008 Composer for a series of 100 documentaries The Magic Lantern (O Magikos Fanos) for the Parliament Channel and for a series of 20 documentaries Elgin Marbles for NET Channel
  • 2007 Performance of the composition The Birth of Water by the Gothenburg String Quartet. The piece was commissioned by the Ermoupolis Classical Festival in Syros.
  • 2004 Composer for the award-winning documentary Yiannis Kouros: Forever Running (2nd Best Documentary, Thessaloniki Film Festival)
  • 2002 Composer for the feature film Woman in Disguise, in Venice. Produced by the Greek Film Centre


  • 2009-2012 Electric guitar and music theory teacher at the Greek National Conservatoire.