Composing Music for Video Games

MUSC X 478.52
Through weekly writing assignments, online lectures, and audio-visual demonstrations, you gain an understanding of the composition techniques, organization, and delivery formats unique to the video game industry.
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What you can learn.

  • Cover topics including in-game versus cinematic scoring, budgeting and project management, and contracts
  • Understand technological tools for asset creation and processing
  • Learn what music engines and compositional techniques are specific to video game music
  • Find the delivery of assets to different console formats such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and more
  • Weekly composition assignments focus on writing original adaptive music similar to works created for current games

About this course:

Through weekly writing assignments, online lectures, and audio-visual demonstrations, you gain an understanding of the composition techniques, organization, and delivery formats unique to the video game industry. Topics include in-game versus cinematic scoring; budgeting and project management; contracts; technology tools for asset creation and processing; music engines and compositional techniques specific to video game music; electronic music creation versus using live musicians; mixing; composing for different game genres and audio formats; and delivery of assets for different console formats, such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and handheld devices (PSP, Nintendo DS). Weekly composition assignments focus on writing original adaptive music similar to works created for current games.
Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for Composing Music for Video Games.

MUSC X 449.91 The Art and Craft of MIDI and/or equivalent experience in music composition is required. Students must create final mixes outside of class with their own composition tools such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Digital Performer, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Sonar, or Reason.

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