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Session Name: The Musical Recipe of Emotion
Speaker(s): Laura Karpman, Paul Lipson, Marty O'Donnell, Tom Salta, Chance Thomas
Company Name(s): Art Farm West, Game Audio Network Guild, Bungie, Persist Music, HUGESound
Track / Format: Audio
Overview: Games, just like TV and Film, often heavily rely on music to create an emotional dimension that is intended to make the player feel a certain way. When it's done right, the result can be bigger than the sum of it's parts and bring the gaming experience to a new emotional level, greatly adding to the immersion factor.

Award winning composer Tom Salta (H.A.W.X, GRAW, Red Steel), will be joined by a cast of multiple Emmy and award winning composers, Laura Karpman (Taken, Untold Legends, Everquest), Marty O'Donnel (Halo series), Jason Hayes (Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft), and Chance Thomas (Avatar, Lord of the Rings Online) to discuss their secrets and techniques for creating music that deliberately evokes emotion.

There will also be an interactive portion where attendees will call out different emotions and music will be created live.

GDC 2010

Laura Karpman

Art Farm West

Paul Lipson

Game Audio Network Guild

Marty O'Donnell


Tom Salta

Persist Music

Chance Thomas


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