Changing from one section of music to another.


The term "transition" relates more to music than to gaming. Transitions are common in music games even if rules not always refer to them directly.

Traditionally a long-form piece proceeds from one movement to another with short pauses in between. When there should be no pause, segue direction might be used in notes. Segueing understood more generally as making a smooth, gradual transition (including linking the parts with improvisation) is probably the most useful arrangement, featured for example in music games of Follow the Images family.

Transitions from the theatre

Tagging out is a very playful transition that can be found in Improvisational theatre. It happens when a player is being swapped out by someone that wasn't participating in the play. It is usually signalled with a tap. The rest of the ensemble might continue as before, or perform some form of a "freeze". It provides some competitive element if you arrange for it to be a measure of success.

Many different types of transition, especially those that can be realized in improvisation or conducted should be considered while making or performing a music game. These may include: conducted cuts, cross-fades, gradual/step transitions, or voice-over edits.


All the available possibilities from music might be realised in games that use musical notation. Some more difficult games provide pre-composed parts that are intersected with more interactive sections. You can also have a more genral directions common for music, like half-tempo or transposing a full-tone up. Interesting harmonic transitions might be done by making some sound sources stay with one pitch and let other move freely (similarly to a Staircase game). There are also games that center around some specific musical transition, when succesful moving from section to section is a main aim of the game.

Insterestingly the inspiration from the theatre to music happened in classical music too. Witold Lutosławski's inventions in these regards were inspired directly by his experience with other arts (he mentions theatre in an interview with Irina Nikolska, but his connections to film could also matter). Other traces might be seen with György Ligeti

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