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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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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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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SDL_Mixer .xm file loop not working correctly [on hold]

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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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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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 ...
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A common way to preparing sounds and musics [duplicate]

I'm new in Game developing and i want to set background music or some sounds like explosion in my game. But my question is generic. I want tho know how other game developers obtain their games sound ...
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What is a legal way to use music from registered authors in a game?

I have recently asked a question about music in games like Guitar Hero. I have found that that in Europe (at least) if I do want to use a track composed by a musician member of a royalty collecting ...
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Update a line based on BPM [on hold]

I am trying to make a music game with a moving bar. I want two white bars to cross eachother at 24px and (screenwidth - 24px). While the bars are inside this frame, which is 520px large, I want the ...
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Can I use a certain song in my credits as long as I credit the original author?

I am working on a commercial game and I'd like to use a certain song during the credit, because it would be very fitting for my particular game. I know using music that other people made in your game ...
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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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What can I do to get audio into my game legally? [closed]

If making a game of my own, what should or what can I do to get audio in game? I understand that just going on the internet, and finding random tracks and putting in my game may raise a whole load of ...
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Stop music in crafty.js

How do I stop a looping music file from playing in crafty.js? I want the music to stop playing once a gameover condition has been reached.
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How to maintain artistic consistency when working with multiple artists?

I'm making a game that requires a volume of artistic content which is not practical to be created by a single person, so I've enlisted the help of additional artists. The problem is, each artist has ...
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How does professional audio fit into game design?

Do game designers typically seek the help of specialized music/audio specialists for soundtracks and sound design? Is there a general need for professional audio work in game design, or is that ...
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Saving and Loading the Game (Automatically or Manually) via Internal Storage Only (Tablet PC Issues)

Here is my question. When making a game app for Android, I considered first the device. It's no problem to save progress everything (from levels to records) on a smartphone because it has an SD Card ...
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Music and SFX Question on Memory Efficiency [closed]

What should I recommend: MP3 or WAV for the SFX? Also, what should I do to handle the memory in music or SFX?
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How do I use music analysis in a game?

I'm thinking of writing a game in the vein of BeatHazard (where the music you're listening to affects the game), and after researching the subject of music analysis in programming, I know enough 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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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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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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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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Guitar hero clone and music

I am an indie game developer and I am doing a game similar to guitar hero. I am using tracks composed by musicians and I contacted them to sing a licensing contract. As is my first indie project I ...
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Custom Music in Skyrim's Creation Kit?

Can you bring in external music such as mp3s? If so, how? I didn't see anything about this in the wiki Bethesda released. Also how does this work with regards to the Steam Workshop? Don't ...
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How to loop section from a song correctly?

I'm programming a little Music Engine for my game in C# and XNA, and one aspect from it is the possibility to loop a section from a song. For example, my song has an intropart, and when the song ...
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Any advice for dynamic music control? [closed]

I would like to be able to dynamically progress the score, and affect the volume levels of separate channels within the music. How could I do this? From my experience with mod music (olden days Amiga ...
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How can I handle copyrighted music?

I have a curious question regarding on musics used in music rhythm game. In Guitar Hero for example, they used all different music albums in one program. Then, each album requires to ask permission to ...
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Legal concerns with orchestrating a music submission contest

My team and I are getting pretty far along in the development of our latest game and have been thinking about audio. We decided to host an audio submission contest where we will offer a little cash ...
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Music Rhythm Game Difficulty Question

I have curious question about music rhythm based genre while I'm making a code for the game. Is it really better if I set a random pattern encountered on every music played or there is a specific ...
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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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How to use music in a simple game?

It's like this: I've got this very simple game in mind, and I happen to be lucky enough to know this guy at my college who is the best musician I've ever met in person who wasn't already on a stage. ...
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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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How much would it cost to hire a musician [closed]

I've been building a game in RPG Maker XP, the music i use are either from the RTP::Standard that comes shipped with it, edits of the RTP after i convert the MIDI to a different format or from ...
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How do I play music at half speed?

I'd like to slowdown music playback, say at half speed. I'm currently using SDLmixer. I assume I'd need to tell SDL that I have a 44KHz music and want to stream it at 22KHz, but when I pass in 22Khz ...