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Ludonarrative Harmony: Music production through the lens of game design
Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Department of Music and Media Production.
2022 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This is a study of how game design has influenced my artistic process as a music producer fora video game called Sang: The Desert Blade. The artistic practice is used to explore a conceptin game design called ludonarrative. The experiences gathered from this exploration arepresented with examples of music that have been created and implemented for the gameduring this study. The music examples are contextualized together with video documentationfrom my creative process and video recordings of the game. The study concludes that videogame music is directly interconnected with game design and its aesthetics is directly affectedby the degree to which a music producer is included in the development team. The study alsoshows how unpredictability is a fundamental part of game design and suggests how it can beexplored in future artistic research of video game music.

Abstract [sv]

Det här är en studie om hur speldesign har påverkat min konstnärliga process sommusikproducent för ett dataspel som heter Sang: The Desert Blade. Den konstnärligapraktiken används för att undersöka ett koncept inom speldesign som kallas ludonarrativ.Erfarenheterna från undersökningen presenteras genom musikexempel som har skapats ochimplementerats i spelet under studien. Musikexemplen kontextualiseras tillsammans medvideodokumentation från min kreativa process och med videoinspelningar från spelet. Studiendrar slutsatsen att dataspelsmusik är direkt sammanlänkad med speldesign och dess estetik ärdirekt påverkad av den grad som en musikproducent involveras i spelets utvecklingsteam.Studien visar också hur oförutsägbarhet är en fundamental del av speldesign och föreslår hurdet kan undersökas i framtida konstnärlig forskning av dataspelsmusik.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022.
Keywords [en]
Ludonarrative, video game music, music production, game design, video games
Keywords [sv]
Ludonarrativ, dataspelsmusik, musikproduktion, speldesign, dataspel
National Category
Music
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kmh:diva-4562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kmh-4562DiVA, id: diva2:1667187
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Available from: 2022-06-10 Created: 2022-06-10 Last updated: 2022-06-10Bibliographically approved

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