Photo courtesy of Ritasmeeta (no, that’s not me playing)
August 27th, 2009 – A few months ago, I discussed marketing your music in video games. I suggested that allowing a game manufacturer like EA to have your music licensed for free, would allow you to get in front of a huge audience. Peter Kirn from CreateDigitalMusic, had the chance to sit down with the Rockband team and they dropped a major bombshell. You will be able to have your own music in the game, and you can even sell your music (if you own the copyrights) within the marketplace.
All you have to do is have a copy of Reaper, a free plugin from EA, and Xbox360 to test the game on, and a Windows PC to send the music over with. You’re basically creating your own Rockband levels, so you’ll have to MIDI map what is appropriate for each instrument, and set up the animation. I cannot stress how exciting this news is. Indie artists should especially benefit from this new potential revenue stream. Even if you don’t charge for your music, you can instantly tap into the vast amount of gamers.
Head on over to CreateDigitalMusic for more details. I’m so excited just thinking about the possibilities. You could even program songs for other artists if you get good at creating the levels. Awesome!