Songs or melodies that play in the background of scenes to set the tone and nature. Also known as BGM, or background music.

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Can I use popular classical music as my game's soundtrack?

Can I use popular classical music in my game as a soundtrack? I'm concerned about copyright protection. I don't plan to make money off of my game. Will I break some law if I do that?
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What is a fair price to pay for music licensing for a commercial game?

What is a fair price range for already existing (not custom-made) music if it's intended for a commercial game? The music I have in mind is relatively unknown (independent music) and I'm already in ...
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Problem with SDL_Mixer/MikMod playing XM files properly

Some of the music I've made for my game have note bends in them (1xx Portamento up)...The problem is that when they play in my game, the note bends and then goes right back to original note instead of ...
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How can I embed music in my XNA .exe?

I'm trying to embed music in my XNA game's .exe (with resources) but compiling them as a sound effect stores the music in uncompressed form, which results in a 16 MB .exe. I can compress my music ...
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Software/Hardware options for game music

I have some friends who want to make the music for a game I'm developing. We have no idea where to start. I've seen software like Reason (way too expensive at $450). I've also seen stuff like ...
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Eliminate delay between looping XNA songs?

I'm making a game with XNA and trying to get some background music to loop correctly. Because the file is an MP3 of about 30 seconds in length, I instantiated it as a Song. I want it to loop ...
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Looking for a royalty free sci-fi sounding song thats 1:00+ long, and costs <= $5 [closed]

I'm looking for a royalty free sci-fi sounding song thats 1:00+ long, and costs less then, or is $5 usd. I want to have a nice BGM for my engine demo I'm going to release for a game I'm planing on ...
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How do you keep the gameplay and music in sync in a rhythm game?

What's the best way to program a rhythm based game in XNA? (Some sort of game like Dance Dance Revolution) Would you use the built in GameTime? What logic would you use to make sure the game ...
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Is there an open source rhythm / music game framework?

I'm trying to build a very simple rhythm game (as a one-off art installation, not a commercial project) demonstrating a novel controller, but I've got an extremely short timeframe to do it in. Are ...
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MIDI or other Software Instruments?

Nowadays, most music seems to be prerecorded, but that means they are rather static and take up a lot of space. I wonder if MIDI is still a viable option (especially considering consoles or iOS) and ...
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What can I use to make my unique music ideas a reality?

I have several different music ideas for my game BGMs, but I do not have the musical skills nor the equipment to make them. The most I can do is beat-box them or make a drum beat (had I a drum). Is ...
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Is it illegal to use a commercial song in your game (that you intend to sell)

If I were to buy, say this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fumBcKC6RE, strip/find/get the instrumental, and use that instrumental in a game I'm making, as a theme, say for a recurring boss ...
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Interactive music games

I've been seeing lots of simple interactive programs popping up all over the internet that generate basic music, usually quite nice sounding, from simple interactions from the user. Otomata is one ...
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free background music for free game [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free music for my game? I have created a logic game and I simply can't find some discrete, appropriate and FREE background looping music :\ You know, ...
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What's the recommended bitrate for Background Music in iPhone Games?

What is the recommended bitrate for Background Music in iPhone Games?
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Licensing Theme Music from other games

As part of my game, I thought it would be fun to make a hidden level that pays tribute to Mario Bros (one of the earliest games I ever played). It would be themed in that way with 8-bit graphics and ...
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How to get our music into games?

As a fairly unknown independent band, what is the best way to get our music into computer games? I'm not so much thinking about licensing issues, but more about what channels are available and how to ...
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Music for Kids Game!

I'm developing a Multimedia Software for Kindergarten Kids. It introduce them to animals, Alphabets, Simple Math, Colors and it contain some simple games. Music is very crucial for my project and it ...
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As an indie game developer, how can I have (quality) music/sound done? [closed]

Besides the story itself, a game needs code, graphics and music/sound effect. I can program and I knew a few graphics designers in the web app era. However, I don't know whether to find music and ...
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games?

Specifically iPhone/iTouch, Droids, and the new Windows Phone 7? I don't know how to quantify this, or if any research has been done. I am wondering how important the music is to the gaming and what % ...
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Using modified copyrighted music in non-commercial games

Background: I'm making a retro style game for both fun, and an unofficial contest. I have bought a song, song X. However, I then found notation for song X, and all the instruments. So basically, ...
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Free Royalty-free music repository? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where can I find free music for my game? I am developing an iPhone game and is sourcing for some in-game background music. It's a puzzle game and so music for meditation ...
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What's the preferred way to put music in a java applet?

Is there an easy way to put music in a java applet? Preferably streaming so that it doesn't need to be preloaded.
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Super-quick MIDI generator with nonrestrictive license?

I'm working on my Ludum Dare entry and trying to figure out how in the world I'm ever going to get background music. I found WolframTones, but the license is too restrictive: Unless otherwise ...
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Should I put a soundtrack behind my strategy game? Which games need music and sound

Shuffling cards and impact noises are cool (it is a card based game), but should I invest the time/effort in hooking up background music? I have found Play Audio from Stream Using C# which could be ...
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Where is quality paid game music? [closed]

Where may I find quality game music for reasonable fees? I'm willing to pay for the music, but I hope it is well done.
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Where can I find free music for my game? [closed]

I'm in need of some tunes for my game. Where can I procure some, preferably for free?