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Earworm by jco. You make the soundtrack

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Earworm is an innovative game for Windows. You make the soundtrack: All music is arranged in realtime based on your game-actions.


Download “Earworm” (zip, ca. 18MB)


Can you find the supersecret Keycombo for starting the game in the supersecret HappyHardcore-Mode?


To run the game in fullscreen-mode, set “fullscreen = 1″ in earworm ini. Resolution and quality settings are there too. THE GAME IS OPTIMIZED FOR 16:9 ASPECT RATIOS AND HD RESOLUTIONS! But 16:10 will most likely also work.


The game features a realtime sample-playing and sequencer-engine which recombinates samples and loops based on musical criteria, completely controlled by the game.

It even features dynamic processing and turntable-like control of playback speed. The idea was to write a game music synthesizer with a simple API like

play a song

change to another part of that song at the earliest possible opportunity

react appropriately to fuzzy dramaturgic measurements like “amount of danger”

smoothly change tempo

play stuff in parallel


Of course, the result has to

always sound good, “musical” and “fitting”

stay always in sync with the game

never stop


So I hacked a lot of assumptions about the structure of music into the controller engine, and came up with a manageable system of describing “songs”. The possibilities and permutations are without limit, I will most likely further explore the area of realtime interactive music and visualisation systems.










Polecam, pykam już z pół godziny. :D

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