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Da Veranda – Out Of Your Roof / Tweet

Tweet - By Da Veranda

Hi! We’ve released an album with playful beats. This is an experiment in which we created 11 songs with vocals without lyrics.

Come and enjoy this uncommon music on our veranda: crazy but lekker!* Groovy mellow beats accompanied by a velvet voice singing catchy melodies without lyrics. De-stress from the world that’s full of words and talk, because as Jobim said in his one note samba “there’s so many people that just talk and talk and talk and just say nothing, or nearly nothing” and slip into a universal global world without lyrics where everybody can understand everybody, or to quote Stevie Wonder “music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.”

The album consists of eleven songs in various styles and combinations, from tango to mambo, where occasional boogaloo meets balkan, while dance is mixed with reggae, a Brazilian groove is merged with Colombian cumbia and a smooth jazzy atmosphere dissolves into gospel. All songs are accompanied by deliciously contagious and harmonized vocals bringing a positive vibe to mankind! (age: from 0 – 100 +).

Here’s the video clip for ‘Tweet’.

And here you can find the other songs.

Music Moves: Why Does Music Make You Move? Free online course


Here’s a pointer to a free online course offered by the University of Oslo. Learn about the psychology of music and movement, and how researchers study music-related movements.

Music is movement. A bold statement, but one that we will explore together in this free online course. Together we will study music through different types of body movement. This includes everything from the sound-producing keyboard actions of a pianist to the energetic dance moves in a club.

You will learn about the theoretical foundations for what we call embodied music cognition and why body movement is crucial for how we experience the emotional moods in music. We will also explore different research methods used at universities and conservatories. These include advanced motion capture systems and sound analysis methods.

You will be guided by a group of music researchers from the University of Oslo, with musical examples from four professional musicians. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements.

Join us to learn more about terms such as entrainment and musical metaphors, and why it is difficult to sit still when you experience a good groove.


International Computer Music Conference ICMC2016 (CfP and announcement)


International Computer Music Conference ICMC2016.
(12 – 16 September 2016, Utrecht, the Netherlands)

ICMC 2016 will be hosted in the city of Utrecht, by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Music and Technology and the annual new music festival Gaudeamus Muziekweek.
The conference begins with a concert on the evening of Sunday 11 September 2016 and ends with a concert on the evening of Friday 16 September.

The main theme of the conference will be Is the sky the limit?
This theme will be addressed in five sub-themes:

  1. Is the sky determined by technology or aesthetics?
    2. Is the sky local?
    3. Educating for the sky
    4. Does the sky need a composer or musician?
    5. Stretching the sky


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Game Audio Industry Survey 2015

Just a quick pointer to the Game Audio Industry Survey!

The game development web site, Gamasutra, recently published the results of their annual game developer salary survey. This year, the results were somewhat puzzling, with “audio” salaries coming in higher than every other discipline except “business and management.”

Part of the reason for this unexpected result is that audio, more than most other game disciplines, has a very high percentage of non-salaried freelancers, which are unaccounted for in the Gamautra survey. Gamasutra also commented on the “smaller pool of respondents,” (33 “audio professionals” completed the survey) causing the results to be “more easily skewed.”

With that in mind, Brian Schmidt et al created a survey that attempted to more accurately capture the issues of contracts, terms and compensation in game audio.

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Getting Started with FMOD Unity Integration (Blok3)


Download FMOD Studio and Studio Integration. Install Studio and import the package in Unity.

There are FMOD studio Projects (examples) in the FMOD Studio application folder.


FMOD studio integration manual (the manual)

Horse Awesome Game’ FMOD and Unity (the simple example created during the lesson, contains both Unity and FMOD Studio). This is JavaScript code, if your game programmer works in C# it is best to use C# code.

For C# examples, see the Example Scripts in the FMOD folder in the integration package. Refer to the manual, section Contents / Example Scripts for a description. The example scripts are named FMODAsset, FMOD_Listener, FMOD_StudioSystem and FMOD_StudioEventEmitter. With these sample scripts, you’re ready to go.


Again, use the SAME versions of FMOD Studio and FMOD Integration. Make sure your game programmer does the same. If not, you might get crazy amounts of errors in Unity. You might ask why I’m repeating myself over and over on this, but I’ve seen this happening over and over again.
If there are crazy amounts of errors, ask you programmer to double check the version.

During the lesson I showed:

  1. Create an Event
  2. Import Sounds into
  3. Create a Multi Sound
  4. Assign the event to a bank before building
  5. Building
  6. Export GUIDs


  • Play percentage (right click sounds in multi sound)
  • Random value via add modulation (right click volume or pitch)
  • Seek Speed

Great tutorials to get started are all over YouTube. This playlist is rather complete:


After importing the package you’ll get an FMOD tab in Unity (menu at the top of the screen).

Import banks om het FMOD project te importeren en selecteer de folder Build in je FMOD-project.

Play music with a parameter (JS)

For C#, see FMOD_StudioSystem.cs in the Unity folder.


// Place at the top of a script

var Music : FMOD.Studio.EventInstance;

var Intensity : FMOD.Studio.ParameterInstance;

// Place in Awake and change the GUID-code (in GUIDs txt in your build folder).

Music = FMOD_StudioSystem.instance.GetEvent(“{ba0fe66d-901b-415b-b672-e360a8b6cddc}”);

Music.getParameter(“Intensity”, Intensity);


Debug.LogError(“Awe parameter not found on music event”);



// start music


// Pass the parameter – somewhere in a function, e.g. Update() or OnCollisionExit()




Play in C#

using UnityEngine;
using System.Collections;

public class RobotSound : MonoBehaviour {

//looping sound with a parameter
FMOD.Studio.EventInstance walkingSound;
FMOD.Studio.ParameterInstance speed;

//oneShot + “initiation”
string deathExplode = “event:/enemies/explodeSmall”;

//initialise looping sound
void Start()
walkingSound = FMOD_StudioSystem.instance.GetEvent(“event:/enemies/movingSmall”);
walkingSound.getParameter(“parameterNameinFMOD”, out speed);

//Start and stop looping sound
void startWalking()
void stopWalking()

//oneShots start
void playExposion()
FMOD_StudioSystem.instance.PlayOneShot(deathExplode, transform.position);

//cleanup EventInstance, PlayOneShot() does not need this
//stop audio before cleanup!
void onDeath_or_Delete()


If there’s anything wrong, check/search the FMOD/Unity forum:

If there’s something really wrong and buggy, you could ask the developers at the FMOD in Unity questions section:
You might have to wait for several days, especially over the weekend, so don’t rely on this when you have a deadline!

You could also email me. Just do it if you dare. 😀


FMOD Studio has bugs. A lot of them. Fortunately, these are constantly being fixed, which is a good thing. That is why it’s tempting to update Studio and Unity Integration. Beware that new versions could introduce new issues with other code and libraries. FMOD projects are not necessarily backwards compatible, so you might make a copy first before upgrading your project.

Make backups. Make Backups. Make Backups! Make Backups! Just zip your FMOD project folder every now and then. I’ve completely destroyed an FMOD Studio project by opening it on a PC first and then on a Mac. FMOD support was willing to assist me on recovering the project but I was happy to restore a backup which opened fine.

“Being too busy to worry about backup is like being too busy driving a car to put on a seatbelt.” — T.E. Ronneberg

The Game Pulse – Timing Game Events and Music Events [PDF]

Here’s a pointer to a paper in which we examine how to design nonlinear music systems that allow for music events to coincide and correspond with dynamically changing game events. We address the challenges of connecting nonlinear music systems to gameplay and distinguish three approaches for timing time music events and game events: Trail, Sync and Lead. We explore these three approaches in the design case study Gluddle versus The Supervision, a game created by the authors. Our preliminary findings illustrate the benefits of combining Trail, Sync and Lead, positively influencing the game experience, but also the need for extra attention to gameplay balance and technical implementation.

Download The Game Pulse – Timing Game Events and Music Events

By Richard van Tol and Sander Huiberts – Proceedings Innovation In Music 2013. Innovation In Music 2013. Edited by R. Hepworth-Sawyer, J.Hodgson, R. Toulson & J.L. Paterson. ISBN 978-0-9561516-8-1

Diggin’ in the Carts – Japanese Video Game Music History


Just after receiving the message that BEEP started filming at GameSoundCon (apparently, this really is the time for documenting Game Music History), Yme sent me a message about Diggin’ In The Carts. Diggin’ In The Carts is a new series from Red Bull Music Academy about the untold story behind the most influential music to come out of Japan. Check back each Thursday, from September 4th to October 9th, for new episodes, mixes, and bonus interview footage. Sweet!

[Go to the Diggin’ in the Carts website]

Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound

Karen Collins is running a KickStarter for a game sound documentary: Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound.

Pledge or read more on KickStarter!

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Recent posts about sound and music you should definitely read

Enjoy the Music

Here are some inspiring posts about sound and music.

How sound affects the taste of our food
High-frequency sounds enhance the sweetness in food, while low frequencies bring out the bitterness. So could sound replace sugar? And what kind of music should restaurants play? [Read more]

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Protected: Game Audio Collaboration Continued – The Handshake

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