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The Complete Guide to Game Audio, 2nd Edition by Aaron Marks

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Chapter Eight

Creating Music for Games

Music is a powerful force in the modern world. The right music coupled with the right visuals is pure magic. Film and television have much to do with our perceptions, as does the music we choose for our own life’s soundtrack. When we are emotionally “up” or psyching ourselves to be that way, we listen to music that is upbeat, has a positive rhythm, and makes us feel alive. Conversely, when we feel down or making an effort to relax, we feel better listening to slower, less complex music. Music affects us at a purely emotional level. Great composers know how to capitalize on this and by design, make you feel how they want you to feel.

Movies are a great way to learn methods of emotional manipulation. These ...

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