Here is the list of books that in different ways touch on relations of music and games. In the first section, we separate titles, that are available on-line and contain more games, game-like performances or activities.

More games!


  • Jeffrey Agrell, Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians (→Dueling Bumblebees)
  • Jeffrey Agrell, Improvised Chamber Music
  • Jeffrey Agrell, Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups
  • John Blacking, How Musical Is Man?
  • Nicole Brockmann, From Sight to Sound: Improvisational Games for Classical Musicians
  • William Cheng, Sound Play
  • Christof Cox, Daniel Warren (eds.), Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music
  • Jon Damian, Fresh Music
  • Umberto Eco, The Open Work
  • Mick Goodrick, The Advancing Guitarist
  • Jennie Gottschalk, Experimental Music Since 1970
  • Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture
  • W. A. Mathieu, The Listening Book. Discovering Your Own Music
  • Hillary McKinney, John Scalici, Learn In Rhythm: Concept-based rhythm infused lesson plans for the classroom
  • Sonia Michelson, New Dimensions in Classical Guitar for Children
  • Peter Moorman (ed.), Music and Game: Perspectives on a Popular Alliance [video games mainly]
  • Stephen Nachmanovitch, Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art
  • Michael Pollock, Musical Improv Comedy: Creating Songs in the Moment
  • Richard Reason, Games for Musicians
  • Stefan Szczelkun, Improvisation Rites: from John Cage's 'Song Books' to the Scratch Orchestra's 'Nature Study Notes'. Collective practices 2011 - 2017
  • John Stevens, Search and Reflect
  • Brian Upton, The Aesthetic of Play
  • Iannis Xenakis, Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition

Let's make this list longer. Also if you have anything to write about any of the above titles, please do.

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