Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Importance of Music

Few things are as important for creating the correct environment in a game than the music that is played in the background. Can you imagine Final Fantasy without the incredible music that is played in the background?

Unless you have ever tried to make your own Midi music, you really have no idea how difficult it is to create harmony and get the right effectin the music. Personally I have created over a dozen tracks using a Midi authoring program and I can speak from personal experience when I say that it is nearly impossible to get what's in your head onto the computer exactly the way you originally envision it.

Creating music that sounds good in the first place is one feat; making music for a specific game is quite another. Even if a computer "musician" can get his ideas into computer form without muddling it up too much, he still has to fit the game with the track being designed, and this can be a daunting task. Nothing is more frustrating than making a total track-wide change and finding it sounds worse than it did before.

Some of the best music in video games is featured in the Final Fantasy series, as well as the Mario series of games from Nintendo. But how many countless music tracks have been rejected for not fitting the game they were designed for, only to be completely forgotten and lost in the chaos of a gaqme development studio?

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