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Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Audio Summit: 'Genesis Noir': Bringing Jazz Improvisation To Gaming

Jeremy Abel  (Technical Lead, Feral Cat Den)

Date: Tuesday, July 20

Time: 9:40am - 10:40am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

Come learn how we built a level around learning to be a jazz musician, and how we built a jam session simulation! This talk will discuss how techniques from jazz improvisation can lead to engaging gameplay, and how we used dynamic and synthesized audio, combined with unique MIDI techniques, to build a call-and-response jam session interaction.


Attendees will learn how techniques from the world of jazz can lead to unique gameplay and audio opportunities.

Intended Audience

The target audience is interested in the merging of audio and gameplay. Knowledge of the basics of MIDI is appreciated.