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producing music for video games

Hello! Are you ever finding yourself drifting off into different worlds when the everyday takes a toll on you? In games, series or movies? Well, me too. It's a sweet escape from reality, one that we all need sometimes. I've always been a huge fan of the people behind the creations of these worlds. The artists, developers, musicians, producers, sound designers, concept artists... There are no better feeling that to soak into another dimension with lush expression and emotions not only for the consumer but also for the creative teams.

I'm a music producer and my favourite niche has always been ambience. Rich, epic, dreamy soundscapes telling stories to the listener. It's a music genre that suits perfectly into the fantasy world where the ordinary is not enough. Ambience is so great at creating depth, character and emotion and that's why my works suits so well into the gaming and film industry. Recently I collaborated with a game developer to produce music for an upcoming video game. A space themed action adventure. This mission was right up my alley and was so much fun to do.

I made a composing music for video games series on my Youtube channel where I have collected the entire production process of these soundtracks in Pro Tools. I go in depth on how the soundtracks was created, how my workflow looks and what was running through my mind during the creative process. This is a relaxed and interesting series for any nerdy creative enjoying watching other creatives workflows. It is such a fun experience to share with you! Click on the video below to watch the series!

Composing and producing music for video games is a unique and exciting challenge that requires careful consideration of various elements to enhance the gaming experience.

Here are 10 things to think about when creating music for video games:

1. Game genre and theme: Understand the genre and theme of the game. The music should align with the game's mood and setting. For example, a horror game would require eerie and suspenseful music, while an adventure game might need more upbeat and adventurous compositions.

2. Emotional resonance: Consider the emotions you want to evoke in players. Music can strongly influence a player's emotional state, so make sure your compositions support the desired mood and atmosphere.

3. Interactive music: Many modern games use dynamic or interactive music systems. Create variations of your compositions to adapt to different in-game situations, such as boss fights, exploration or calm.

4. Looping and seamless transitions: Design your music to loop seamlessly. Gamers may spend extended periods of time in certain areas, so ensure the music doesn't become repetitive or jarring when it loops.

5. Instrumentation: Choose the right instruments and sounds to match the game's world. Consider the technology available in the game's setting; for instance, futuristic games might use electronic or synth-based music, while historical games may feature orchestral or folk instruments.

6. Communication: Constantly communicate and coordinate with the game's developers to ensure that your music complements the overall experience. Gameplay, music and sound effects should work together harmoniously.

7. Adaptive music systems: If the game uses adaptive music systems, be prepared to create layers or stems that can be triggered based on in-game events, creating a more immersive experience.

8. Player engagement: Think about how your music can engage players emotionally and intellectually. Memorable melodies or motifs can enhance player connection with the game.

9. Scoring to gameplay: Understand the gameplay mechanics and design your music to sync with in-game actions. For example, create musical cues for significant events like boss battles or achievements.

10. Testing and iteration: If possible, continuously playtest your music within the game to ensure it fits and enhances the experience. Be open to feedback from players and developers, and be willing to make adjustments as needed.

Remember that video game music can be a powerful tool for storytelling and immersion. By carefully considering these factors and collaborating closely with the game development team, you can create a memorable and impactful soundtrack that enhances the overall gaming experience.

Love / MVNDA


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