pippinbarr — 2014-07-01T05:57:59-04:00 — #1
It's happening again!
The theme for this month's pageant is: one hit wonder.
[[ PICTURE OF JAZZ IMPROVISATION ]]
[[ SOUND OF THE FERRY IN FJORDS PLAYING REPEATEDLY ]]
[[ FEELING OF JOHNNY CASH ]]
[[ SMELL OF CONCERTO ]]
[[ TASTE OF SONGS ]]
Make a game based on a single song/piece of music.
- Any interpretation of "based on" is fine, you could have the song as the sound track to the game to colour the mood, you could use beat tracking to have the song be mechanically involved, the game could interpret the lyrics, the game could interpret the mood, etc.
- You could consider proposing that some people all make a game based on the same song.
- You could consider proposing that some people all make games based on different songs from the same album.
- You could make more than one game based on more than one song.
- The song can be an actual "one hit wonder" if that amuses you.
Starts on the 1st of July 2014, ends on the 31st of July 2014.
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jonbro — 2014-07-01T06:24:20-04:00 — #4
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jonbro — 2014-07-01T06:29:48-04:00 — #5
Oh cool I love this theme, at least partially because it gives me an excuse to post songs I like. I have a bunch of aborted projects that use this theme, it will be fun to actually finish one.
Suggestions of using old ballads as a base, potentially murder ballads? Or maybe songs of the sea, or epic poems. Or minimal techno.
ragzouken — 2014-07-01T06:35:27-04:00 — #6
this is great! i've had an idea for a music videogame for a particular band in my head for a long time. would anybody like to join me in doing something based on Pure Reason Revolution's The Dark Third? it's a modern prog album with really nice vocal harmonies and basically incomprehensible lyrics about dreams
if no-one wants to do a piece i'm thinking i might take the first three of four tracks as a whole as they kinda blend into one
hrrsn — 2014-07-01T07:09:39-04:00 — #7
I am so game for this! Now the tricky bit... Finding that one song that I consider inspiring.
mavw — 2014-07-01T12:01:28-04:00 — #8
Bo en released his album and now he has games for each of his songs. Might give some inspiration to everyone http://bo-en.info/URL.html
greg_ws — 2014-07-01T12:22:41-04:00 — #9
Awesome! I did a game based around a Boreal Network song back on SFC, so I love this theme!
Santa Ragione's game for Matthew Dear's Street Song is a pretty great example of this theme in action.
eddiecameron — 2014-07-01T13:27:00-04:00 — #10
Oh yeah, great theme! Can't decide whether to do an earnest game about a fantastic song, or an earnest game about the (fascinating, upsetting) concept of actual one hit wonders
pippinbarr — 2014-07-02T04:13:43-04:00 — #11
Oh yeah, examples! Here are a couple more from (disclaimer!) people I know:
Will Love Tear Us Apart (an interpretation of the obvious Joy Division song, made by colleagues/friends)
CASTLES (a "music video game" from an ex-student)
hell0jed — 2014-07-02T04:55:13-04:00 — #12
Probably gonna do something about tom waits.
eddiecameron — 2014-07-02T11:09:06-04:00 — #13
Ahhh no he was my first choice! How bout a Waits Off?
opc_eadow — 2014-07-02T19:36:14-04:00 — #14
Oh cool! This theme is good, just one question: can I make a game based on one of my musics??
This may also be a good opportunity for me to make a game based on this music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q04ILDXe3QE, where everything gets weirder as time passes.
pippinbarr — 2014-07-03T04:04:27-04:00 — #15
Makes sense to me! Go for it!
bunnyhero — 2014-07-03T13:14:52-04:00 — #16
this is awesome. just last night i was browsing through creative-commons-licensed music on ccmixter.org to use for game soundtracks, when i thought "what if i made a game for a song, rather than finding music for a game?" i was going to shelve that for later, but then i found out about this pageant! i guess it's a sign
pjchardt — 2014-07-03T16:25:09-04:00 — #17
Sounds great! I saw this on twitter, new to the site I started an experiential project based on the song Sam Stone by John Prine but I put it on the way side as I figured I could not share the game due to the songs copyright. I would love to finish the game for this jam, I am curious if people will be using songs without permission? I would love to give credit, and raise awareness for the song. Just don't want to cross any lies in terms of respect for other's works. Thoughts?
pippinbarr — 2014-07-03T16:37:53-04:00 — #18
Yeah this is definitely a big question for this particular theme.
I actually don't know enough about anything to make any recommendations. It suits my purpose in my specific case not to actually use the song itself, I think, or if I do, to use a recently released free version. My usual approach to these things is the "the people totally won't care" approach - i.e. make it and if someone is unhappy, discuss it with them, and if they demand it be taken down and so on, so be it.
I recently made a Seinfeld-themed game which ripped art and so on from the show and the only reaction from Seinfeld-land was that their official Facebook account wanted to post it. When I made a game of performance artist Marina Abramovic's performance, she just wanted to work together. And Epic Sax Guy never got in touch.
But I guess you still have to be willing not to share your masterpiece if the original creator isn't into it and notices...? I don't know - is this terrible advice/thinking? Someone else who actually knows anything?
ragzouken — 2014-07-03T16:39:37-04:00 — #19
i was pretty much just going to hope no-one cared about me using the song too
pjchardt — 2014-07-03T18:33:07-04:00 — #20
Thanks. I think I am going to just make the game and take it down if asked. @pippinbarr Marina Abramovic saw some of your work and wanted to work together? That is fantastic!
smestorp — 2014-07-03T19:39:34-04:00 — #21
one possibility could be to not include the song, just make the game silent and recommend listening to that while playing? or if it needs to be synced perfectly or whatever, tell them to obtain the file themselves by LEGAL MEANS OBVIOUSLY and put it in the directory
humm it's a good theme,
i've been trying to make sense of the space between games and dance lately, tempted to do something there because i feel there is something interesting that hasn't been found. but so far i don't know how to find anything that isn't just horribly much worse than "here's a song now dance". that's a good game yeah.
eddiecameron — 2014-07-03T20:42:14-04:00 — #22
Porpentine did this in Crystal Warrior ke$ha, which worked really well. By forcing players to take the (small) efforts to start the song themselves, they're forced to at least be aware of why it was chosen.
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