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Offline krasse
« Posted 2009-10-05 09:06:42 »


I just wanted to show my generative music experiment which is supposed to be used within a game eventually.

Here are some Youtube videos:

The percussion is perhaps the most annoying at the moment but I think that this little hack can become something really great when coupled to a game engine if I manage to find good ways to express certain moods.

Hope you like it!

Suggestions are most welcome.

Offline CommanderKeith
« Reply #1 - Posted 2009-10-05 10:49:26 »

Nice work, i like all the different instruments working together. You're right that the percussion jars a bit. Maybe just turn its volume right down? Also the harmony instruments sound better when there's at least one piano. I don't like the banjo or elec guitar - too twangy and sudden.

This would be a great alternative to boring repetitive music loops!

By the way you might be interested in this:

Offline krasse
« Reply #2 - Posted 2009-10-05 11:27:31 »

Thanks CommanderKeith for the link and comments!

I am currently trying to specify attributes for the instruments such as intensity so that the right instruments are chosen for whatever you want to say with the music. I would like to have stronger and more intensive instruments in combat and also increase the beat intensity when there is much speed and movement. I am really looking forward to connect a game into this and see how it sounds!

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Offline krasse
« Reply #3 - Posted 2009-10-05 17:10:59 »

I have another better (I hope) video here:

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« Reply #4 - Posted 2009-10-05 18:19:55 »

wow that is pretty awesome stuff, the music produced is pretty good.
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« Reply #5 - Posted 2009-10-05 19:07:49 »

That certainly isn't bad at all. Does this use the MIDI generator that requires the user to have the JDK installed or was there something else you did?

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Offline krasse
« Reply #6 - Posted 2009-10-05 20:35:57 »

I don't think that the JDK must be installed but I am not 100%.
However, I use the deluxe version of the Sun soundbank (available at and I guess that you have to ship that if you want to distribute it (if it is free to distribute that way).

Offline krasse
« Reply #7 - Posted 2009-10-07 08:34:15 »

Added a new video where the module is integrated into a game. It also selects instruments based on preferred harshness.

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