Want to write video game music?
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One of the fastest growing industries in the songwriter business is the music for video games. Keep reading to learn how to approach this exiting market.
Love to Play: Write Music for Video Games
If you are an avid gamer you must have noticed the cool music that all the games have in the background. If you love music and love to game you can combine the two into a nice musical career for yourself by composing the music for video games.
How to Get Started
The first requirement besides being an able musician or composer is that you are computer savvy as well. The music that is written for video games is not done in the simple manner of writing the music, then recording and finally giving the files to the company to collect your money.
Many times you need to keep the code requirements of technical game sounds in mind. Lots of times you must figure out what those code requirements are with a little experimentation. Add to that the fact that each code is typically specific to a certain company or even to a specific game within the same company.
Write and Write Some More
Though you might find it a bit difficult to work without having a specific project in mind when writing music, in the video game music business being prepared with a piece is 99% of the battle.
It is recommended that you pen at least one or two songs in a given week. It doesn’t even have to be your best effort. Think about some of the crappy music you've listened to that made its way into the commercial mainstream.
Another piece of advice is to hold onto everything that you have written. You will never know when it will come in handy. You can always hold onto the hope that the junk you write won’t end up being what people remember you for or what makes you popular.video game music
Get Yourself a Website
Having a website will make your presence known on the Internet. Even if you have a simple site that explains what you do along with some snippets of music you have already written, this is advertising that is being done for you twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. You might look into putting something on YouTube where it is more likely than ever to be browsed. video game music
Check out the Game Developer’s Conference
The GDC is where the movers and shakers of the video game business hang out. You don’t have to attend the Game Developer’s Conference per se as it can be quite an expensive venture, in order to meet the people you need to know.
Find yourself a well-attended public area and wait for a miracle; they can happen at any time. You can also go to the popular watering holes where the developers hang out to party after the conference proceedings have ended. While at the GDC, keep yourself ready for an opportunity you don’t want to pass you by.
Getting started in the video game music business typically won’t be as intimidating as dealing with all the “cool” characters in the mainstream music industry. Most gamers and developers are pretty “uncool” and often you will feel more comfortable approaching them and introducing yourself. When you do walk up to shake hands, be sure you have some of your best product on hand so that you can play it at a moment’s notice.
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