Graduate Student Elizabeth Hambleton to present at UCSB Graduate Division's Lunch and Learn

Elizabeth Hambleton

Graduate Music Theory student Elizabeth Hambleton will present her talk "Levels of Reality and Artifice in the Talos Principle" on Friday, June 2, 2017 at noon as part of the UCSB Graduate Division's Lunch and Learn, "Games" edition in Davidson Library, Room 1312. In this case study from The Talos Principle, a 2014 3D puzzle-solving game set in post-apocalyptic Earth, Ms. Hambleton will explore sound's role in telling the story and indicating levels of reality versus artifice and trust versus doubt. The Lunch and Learn event is an informal seminar series that provides graduate students with free lunch and the opportunity to meet and learn from other graduate students. 
Ms. Hambleton has presented her work at several conferences across the globe during this academic year. On February 18th, she presented a paper on alternative notation as a tool for musical analysis at the Pacific Northwest Graduate Student Conference (at the University of Washington). The question in the paper was whether the notation we read influences how we interpret and understand music, and how we create analyses. She presented the same (revised) paper at the Brandeis Musicology Graduate Student Conference entitled "{Meaning} and {Music} and {Meaning}" on May 6th. The title of that paper was "The Equiton System of Notation as a Tool for Musical Analysis." Her other paper, "Levels of Reality and Artifice in The Talos Principle," was presented at the Ludomusicology Conference in Bath, England on April 20th at the Bath Spa University. Ms. Hambleton presented that same paper in New York at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music at the "Music and the Moving Image ("MaMI") Conference" on May 25th. After the conference junket, she will travel to Paris in June for the Eastman School of Music's seminar in contemporary music, where she will also get to partake in IRCAM discussions and workshops.
Elizabeth Hambleton is an MA/PhD student of Music Theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (Theory/Composition) with a minor in Anthropology (Archaeology emphasis) from Whitman College in 2013. During her time at Whitman, she was active in both the wind ensemble and orchestra on flute, piccolo, and auxiliary percussion, and studied flute under Professor Rachel Chacko. She performed for the Whitman theatrical productions “The Secret Lives of Coats” (2010), “Trelawney” (2012), and “My Chernobyl” (2013). Elizabeth worked as a library assistant in Whitman’s music library, in the Penrose archives, and interned in the summer of 2013 in the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in their audio archives. Some of her research interests include the Impressionists and the Second Viennese School.