How to "Games for Music"

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with basic usage

You can use Games4Music for different purposes, but usually four links under "navigation" on the left sidebar will be everythin you need to start. If you want to find a music game by specific requirement check for number of players, difficulty and time on a list under "Music game library" link. Otherwise, use a tag cloud that is also always available on the left sidebar.

Tags

With tags you can access both free-form and well-defined games from the library, but we will also use tags in some articles that describe music games that for various reasons are not part of the library. This sometimes applies to well-known pieces which we will mark with a classic tag (used for games published before the year 2000).

Music games are relatively often co-optional, which means that it's up to players if they want to compete or not, but mostly the games are cooperative and sometimes competitive.

People and their skills

A music game might be easy, intermediate or hard. Keep in mind though that this level is not directly related to musical skill necessary but more often to difficulty of the game itself. You might do well if you are a beginner musician but an experienced gamer.

Some games require few-players and some are designed with many-players in mind where these players may be sometimes also divided into teams. And what kind of players do you need?

Some games are so easy that even kids will be able to play it. If you want to make music not depending on much of theory, avoid games with (musical) score. On the other hand, conducting which is classically considered very demanding, in the context of music games can often be performed by a non-musician.

Playing may emloy listening, discussion, voting or guessing and sometimes even dance.

What will you need?

Need to have no-props at all? Or maybe you want to find a use for your cue-cards, inspire-cards that you've already prepared for another game? Some games require you to make title-specific board or cards and some use stock items like dice, timer (for timed games) or images (like photos) or many different objects for instrument-preparation.

Musical effect

Aim of every music game is to make music, but what kind of music can you expect? The results not always are tonal or rhythmic. Quite often music made with music game is close to free-improv, keep your ears open also for ambient, sound-collage, sound-design or minimal music.

If the game is in-genre it usually means it's closer to the sound of popular music. Music games sometimes musically follow some sort of [/system:page-tags/tag/narrative].

Video

Check out this video from notrightmusic's YouTube channel. As we improve our wiki all the time, you can notice some changes, but the general idea behind the page remines the same.

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