Procedural Music in Games as a Dynamic Communication Pipeline

I took some liberties by making a video essay/blog/podcast instead of a written essay — since I was going to be talking about music and sound, I thought it might be best to do so through a different medium!

Watch the video here.

View the full transcript here.


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