2D Games

Music — Reactive Gaming

"Pulse" and "Pulse 2"

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Pulse 2 is a music-reactive game which uses the player's own music library to dynamically incorporate music analysis together with web-accessible lyrics, text, and images based on the metadata included in the song files. They produced a web-deliverable 2D side-scroller game integrating these features that performs real-time analysis of songs in a user's music library to drive the gameplay, providing a novel form of game-music interaction. This work was presented at the IEEE Games Innovation Conference (ICE-GIC 2009) in London, England.

  • Master's Student: Christian Hahn
  • Advisors: Paul Diefenbach, Dr. Youngmoo Kim
  • Pulse music game


Surge expanded on this concept by using more analysis of the music to extract characteristics identifiable by the human ear to deform worlds and generate obstacles and environments which respond to the game world where each planet represents a song in the player's music libarary. This work was presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2010.

  • "Surge" Master's Student: Christian Hahn
  • Advisors: Dr. Paul Diefenbach, Dr. Youngmoo Kim

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