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Melissa Mony is rapidly developing a reputation as an exciting young saxophonist, composer and educator in the Australian music scene. She is passionate about improvisation and musical collaboration in eclectic styles and can be heard in the projects of Sirens Big Band, The Sydney Womens Jazz Collective and The Mony Quartet. Recent accolades include being selected as the inaugural Sydney Improvised Music Association Trigger Artist, and receiving the Donald Peart Memorial Prize in Music for excellence in performance and musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Melissa is currently exploring intersections of video game media and improvised music with a focus on developing interactive digital structures in her own creative works. In her free time she enjoys exploring the wastelands of Fallout 4, too many turns of Civilization and destroying her male relatives in FIFA.

Michael Iantorno is a student in Concordia University’s Media Studies (MA) program. His research interests include video game hacking, digital scholarship, and media policy. His portfolio includes award-winning live, serialized, and radio programming, with a focus on social justice issues and advocacy. In addition to his broadcast work, Michael has produced game projects ranging from video game hacks to table-top games. His most well-known project, HyperBound, was showcased at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche festival and featured in Anna Anthropy’s book Rise of the Video Game Zinesters. Michael is currently working on his research proposal defense and is desperately trying to get better at Rocket League.