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Old 29-01-2013, 06:56 AM   #1
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How to make my music sound less like video game music?

Hey all,

I'll try to make this brief. Here's a song:



How can I make it sound less like video game music? It's been a plague for a long while.

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Old 29-01-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

Let me get this right, you want this to sound _less_ like music!?

Sorry, we can't help you there.

Great track by the way! I suppose it could be longer, could include a key change, more melodies, more drums, of course, but yeah... You can put pretty much any music to a video game by the way.

I guess you kind of expected the video game music junkie to come here and tell you all of this.

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Old 29-01-2013, 08:24 AM   #3
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

make it less static
make it longer
make it weirder

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Old 29-01-2013, 09:59 AM   #4
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More dynamic range.
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Old 29-01-2013, 10:24 AM   #5
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

It doesn't really go anywhere. Make it go somewhere.
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Old 29-01-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

Or if you don't want it to go anywhere, at least make it be somewhere else in the first place.
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Old 29-01-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

- Eq drums so that you have both *snap* and *boom* in them.
- Use some sort of reverb / room fx on some of the tracks to make it less "video gamish" and - a bit more "murky".
- Also if you EQ the higher frequencies away it becomes more dark and less video game too.
- Make it go to different places so that the "loop factor" drops.

Just some things that came to my mind. But the best advice I can probably say is "EXPERIMENT A LOT" and you'll find your boom and your style.

ps. Some people like compressors a lot too to make the song more "loud" if that is what you are aiming. But it has it's downsides too..
Like people might get bored if the song is at the same volume whole time.. but in the end: You decide!

pps. The song was fun tho. I was thinking in my head of playing tenor saxophone on top of it.

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Old 29-01-2013, 02:21 PM   #8
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

Your drums are definitely the main culprit here mate. Maybe use some different samples that are going to cut through and sound a lot more... "UMPHH" They just sound a little weak and 8-bit-esque

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Old 29-01-2013, 02:46 PM   #9
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Re: How to make my music sound less like video game music?

I've had a girlfriend I used to play my stuff for, and she told me sooo many times that my tunes sound like computer games - like Rayman - and I think it's good to get second opinions, but sometimes it distracts more than it helps..
at first the thought annoyed me a bit that I couldn't change my way of composing/mixing/whatever, but the fact is I like the way I do things and as time's gone by my sound has been maturing naturally, and I've learned more especially from taking different approached.. Have you tried sampling a song you like on top of your own to figure out if it's the key you're going for? or to see if it harmonizes in some way..

My advice is to sit down, think of what you want, maybe even try to break down something you've listened to and then reproduce as much as you can.. not to copy, but to find new ways, since it's usually easier to copy than invent something new (in some genres of course..)

There's a ton of possibilities in just one track effect, so if you're using many (maybe too many?), try to sit down and focus on one at a time, so you gain control of the things you use.

I liked the track, and I can see what you meant by it being a bit game sounding. I'm thinking an intro to something action packed.. not rayman!
But what I noticed is that it felt like it wanted to peak - like a long rise to a climax.. Could be nice with something finishing it off.. a crash and something big sounding..

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