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Immersing with Music: Approaches to Musical Storytelling in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

Marcin Przybylowicz  (Principal Composer, CD Projekt RED)

P.T. Adamczyk  (Composer, CD PROJEKT RED)

Date: Wednesday, July 21

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Audio Pass

Topic: Audio, Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Writing music for a story-driven, open-world RPG with a branching storyline is a gargantuan task. In this talk, CD Projekt Red's Music Director / Composer Marcin Przybyłowicz and Senior Composer P.T. Adamczyk share creative musical approaches they used in scoring one of the biggest games of 2020.


Composers share techniques used to musically bring a huge modern metropoly to life without losing sight of the narrative and protagonist's personal story. Moreover, they explain how they maneuver the score around hundreds of emitters pumping diegetic music and how those two worlds merge.

Intended Audience

The talk is for all professionals or soon-to-be-professionals who work closely with the music departments: composers, music directors, music implementers, audio leads, creative directors, game directors, audio programmers, sound designers, quest designers and cinematic designers.