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More Than MIDI: Working with Live Musicians as an Indie


Hiring live musicians is the perfect way to elevate your soundtrack. Real performers bring warmth, expression, and a human element that synths and samplers can't always match. Yet, for an indie game composer, there are a lot of obstacles to working with live talent. Where will the money come from? How can you effectively manage other musicians, especially if you've never done it before? If you hire new creative minds, will you lose the unique identity that makes your work stand out?

Indie composers Ryan Ike ('Where the Water Tastes Like Wine') and Jacob Pernell ('Failsafe') invite you to join them as they discuss the ins-and-outs of working with live performers. They'll cover everything from building relationships with musicians, to allowing your players to be expressive in a way that adds to your work without overriding it, to paying your performers without going broke yourself.

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  • GDC 2017
  • Ryan Ike
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  • Jacob Pernell
  • Jacob Pernell Productions
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