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Player-Driven Audio Creation in 'Dreams'

Bogdan Vera (Principal Programmer, Media Molecule)

Thomas Colvin (Audio Lead, Media Molecule)

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Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

This session presents a review of the design and implementation of music and audio creation tools in Media Molecule's game, Dreams. The title includes a fully fledged digital audio workstation running entirely inside the game. The engine uses only traditional game controller input via a novel performance-focused UI system which bridges the gap between complete beginners and advanced audio creators. Having a focus on community driven content creation, Dreams presented unique and complex challenges in UI design and technical implementation, and this talk focuses on documenting the philosophy and process behind creating such a system, in the hopes that some of the techniques developed might be useful to other developers in game audio.


Attendees will learn new approaches to game musical/audio-interface design, with a focus on seamless integration within a diverse toolset, rapid prototyping and use within a player-driven game world.

Intended Audience

This talk is intended for audio content designers, musicians, audio programmers, UX designers as well as any developers interested in new approaches to audio creation and community-driven content. There is no prerequisite knowledge necessary beyond general audio concepts, especially as the tools we describe are intended for a general audience.