Looking Outwards – 04

A rather unconventional way of generating sound digitally I have seen many times throughout the past through years is actually the composition of music through the use of a level creation engine in the game Super Mario Maker released in 2015. After many programmers discovered how certain objects functioned, they learned to manipulate them to create music. A specific item that can be placed in a level called a note block makes a different sound when each different object type in the game makes contact with it, and as the screen follows the main character, the blocks are generated, making music. Based on where vertically the block is placed, the pitch will change, and the tone is based on what is placed above it. This has been used to create compositions up to a minute long.


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