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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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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Can I use my self made piano version of a popular copyrighted song as my game background music?

I am making a game, the theme of the game is kind of romantic, and I, myself, have made a piano version of a modern pop song that would fit with that theme. The song in question is still under ...
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Who should be contacted to request permission, for commercial songs (and cost ballpark)

While playing to Fifa, it occurred to me that there is probably a license that EA pay to musicians to play their songs in their game. Does anyone know if there is a standard license for indie games, ...
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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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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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How should a musician get involved with games? [duplicate]

I have been making electronic music for about 12 years now. For the past 4 years I have been writing for TV shows and that's how I currently make my living. Although I am super familiar with the TV ...
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Programatically placing musical notes on a stave

I'm trying to program a musical stave and have come against the problem of where to place a note, given its index. The index of a note is defined from a model created from the table in the following: ...
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Best practice to store level data in a rhythm based game

Setup: I'm planing to do a rhythm based game, where a level is a music score similar to Frets on Fire, but with real music. I've two options to store that level data, namely a MIDI file and a ...
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How do i play mp3 files in Unity Standalone?

I am making a game in Unity in which the player can select music files in their hard drive to use them in-game. I use the WWW class to load the sound files, but this only works for OGG, WAV and ...
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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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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?
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Is it legal to copy a game's melody?

Is it legal to remake a videogame e.g. Team Fortress 2 theme song using 8bit style and use it in my own game? Basically, if I keep the melody exactly the same, but remake it from scratch, will I get ...
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Play soundcloud in Unity 3d

I'm trying to make a game with cool soundtracks from a bunch of artists. I've made a few playlists in Soundcloud (soundcloud.com) and am trying to get those to play inside of Unity 3d. Is it possible ...
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music for an arcade game?

I'm thinking about music for my brick breaker game, but I don't know how to choose any. If I'd make a loop from a few seconds, I think it would get annoying very quickly. I also found some longer ...
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Java - Loading background music into memory

I am currently developing a game with Java, with a soundtrack consisting of ten tracks in .ogg format, 1-2 MB in size each. To be able to switch between these tracks quickly and easily in the game, ...
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Help with Music Rhythm Game (Cocos2D)

I'm basically new to the whole idea of Cocos2d.. i am aware of CocosDhension.. however, i still cant get the idea of working around it.. My idea, i would like to try to create something like "Tap ...
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Can I use the graphics or music of an abandoned game in my game?

I was wondering that if a game has been officially closed by the owner can I use their graphics or music they used in their game?
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Can I use someone else's music/midi? [duplicate]

The music in question is not exactly owned by the other individual either, as it's simply an arrangement of a game's soundtrack as a midi or music sheet. Am I allowed to use these in my videogame? ...
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Buying music from an independent artist

I have a concern regarding buying a song from an independent/amateur music artist. How can I demonstrate, if needed, that he actually sold that song to me and agreed to let me use his work for ...
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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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LibGDX music doesn't play anymore after x times

In my App I added two sounds, the first is played when the gamescreen start the second when the game is going to game Over screen. Everything works fine but after about 12-13 games the second sound ...
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Libgdx Music error QCMediaPlayer mediaplayer NOT present

Problem solved with music = Gdx.audio.newMusic(Gdx.files.internal("song.mp3")); I am looking for music implementation in my app with LibGDX. I saw the guide provided in LibGDX documentation but it ...
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How to create old-school format music with small file sizes

My friend and I have been working on a project recently, and because we are hard coding everything (other than the graphics library, Pygame), the total size for our project is super small. I feel like ...
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Converted XWM(A) files get silence at the end

I am writing a playback mechanism for looping background music with XAudio2 and SharpDX. I converted some perfectly looping WAV files to XWM(A) with the xWMAEncode command line utility (from the DX ...
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Creating a steady rhythm for music-based game in XNA

I'm looking to develop a game for Windows Phone which involves the user building notes into a sequencer while playing a puzzle game. While my implementation is very close to being on-beat there is an ...
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Where do I start if I want to make music and audio for video games? [closed]

I am a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, as well as a video game lover. I have some basis in informatics but I have spent 1000x the time on music in comparison with programming. I came to think that ...
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Background Music in Puzzle Math Game [duplicate]

Can someone suggest, recommend or directly link me on a site that offers free background music for an education puzzle game? I honestly not good in picking up a background audio that suits my puzzle ...
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Background music for my game [closed]

Is there a repository with free melodies that can be put as background music in a game? As a non-artist myself I find working on simple WAVs and OGGs is exhaustive enough. Any chance ? Or do I need ...
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Is it OK to use player supplied music in my game?

Is it copyright infringement if I create a game based around music beats but allow the players to use their own mp3 files?
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How important is music to mobile phone (smart PDA) games? [closed]

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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Recording equipment for game sounds, music and dialogues [closed]

I've checked this question but I wasnt satisfied. So basically I'm a one man indie team and I wanted to have custom sounds, dialogues and maybe music (I have a few friends who are musicians) in my ...
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How do music and ambient sound influence gameplay flow?

I've been thinking about whether music helps or distracts from achieving "flow" when playing a game. Does it enhance or distract from it? Angry Birds, Temple Run and Doodle Jump seem to achieve great ...
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(Unity)How to make the BGM not stop between scenes

I want my BGM to keep playing on loop, but whenever I transition into another scene, the loop starts over. Is there any way to have the scene record the last point of the music it plays, and in the ...
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How can I load a level using a sound file? [JAVA] [closed]

I'm trying to load a level from a music file (mp3, midi, etc, I'm not picky) for a rhythm-based game. I must be searching in all the wrong places because I can't seem to find any help on this topic. ...
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SDL_Mixer .xm file loop not working correctly [closed]

I am working on a little game in my spare time using C++ and SDL and I have encountered a problem with a .xm file playback. The music is supposed to have an intro of a couple patterns and then ...
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Is there a sound library for C to generate sound samples from code? [closed]

I'm working on an engine for a retro-style game in C. I'm looking for a sound library that would produce chip sounds from code...I want to make my own simple chiptune tracker for the engine to create ...
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Can I use music I made in GarageBand or FL Studio in a commercial game? [closed]

I'm a beginning developer and I'd like to make music for my game. I've searched this question on the site, and when it comes to music in games, I see many people suggesting programs like FL Studio, ...
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Can I incorporate a small fraction of a song into my iOS game?

I was wondering if I can use a small portion of a song without running into any copyright issues. I would give full credit to the artist as well.
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How was/is playback of music handled on consoles such as the NES, Master System, Gameboy, etc? [closed]

So, I deliberately left out the SNES because AFAIK the music subsystem is basically entirely self-contained. However, on systems like the NES and Gameboy, while there are sound chips, there isn't any ...
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Unity: stop/play only background music

I have a music sound clip simply drag-n-dropped to my hierarchy. I also have other sound effects in my game. I want to pause/play background music on button press but only music, not all sound ...
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Master sound volume in LibGDX

I have been searching everywhere for master volume for sound and music in LibGDX but to no avail. Can anyone tell me if it is implemented somewhere or do i need to implement such functionality myself? ...
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Composing Neo Geo music

I was listening to some of Neo Geo game music on Youtube the other day and it made me think about creating new music in this style. If I wanted to make a retro-style game today, how would I ...
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What technical specifications should be set out for music?

I'm writing the music for a video game. At some point, I'm going to need to work with the programmers to determine the technical specifications for the audio files I'm going to hand over to them. What ...
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Can I use a song from a YouTube remix in my game?

If I found a video with a remake/remix/version of a commercial song (for example, the theme of Super Mario Bros) with a CC BY licence, I can take this video for a commercial purpose like the ...
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How to correctly handle multiple Songs in XNA?

I'm working on a (Windows-only) game in XNA, and I have multiple music tracks. I don't want to load them all into memory, but play them on demand. To properly dispose them, I have a separate ...
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Convert .s file to .midi or any sound file [closed]

I have a .s file from a game, I think it contains Music . I know this sounds weird but here are snippets : (I opened it with Visual Studio and it sais it is a 'Assembler Source') .equ ...
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What's the difference between Pygame's Sound and Music classes?

What are the key differences between the Sound and Music classes in Pygame? What are the limitations of each? In what situation would one use one or the other? Is there a benefit to using them in ...
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Is it legal to record music with a synthesizer and use it in my game? [closed]

I want to make music for game on my own because I don't have professional composer hired. I have found some softwares for making music, but most of them cost some money. I have an idea to record ...
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Crossfade Between Two Music Tracks in Pygame

My intention is to have two music tracks, which are similar in nature, fade between each other at various times. When such a fade occurs, one music track should fade from full volume to muted in a ...
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Changing background music smoothly

I've got five sounds now for a game I'm working on currently. In the game, you can fight against other civilizations in big battles, but you can also settle on planets in peace. Some of the songs are ...