Amidst all of the talk about the use of AI/Machine Learning to generate content for RPGs, I’ve only ever heard two forms of media discussed: words, and pictures. Of course, these are the things that RPG books and supplements are made up of, and so it seems obvious to talk about them. But they are not the only form of medium.
Some people set their games to music and sound-effects. Not me, and I’ve never been sure whether I would want to (background music is such a ubiquitous distraction nowadays, and I think that it detracts from the act of actually sitting down to appreciate good music) and, even so, I imagine it would take an awfully long time to pick out and compile a suitable soundtrack (especially if you are as fussy as me). However, there is clearly a demand for it, and some supplements I have downloaded from itch.io even come with their own soundtracks.
There is a precedent for music set to accompany perilous adventure, and it’s in film and TV. It ought to be possible, although not trivial, to train an AI using scripts and soundtracks from the last hundred years of moving pictures, so that it can generate music appropriate to, say, yomping through the mountains, listening carefully at a door, tiptoeing into a darkened room, or fighting with a sodding great dragon. How this is integrated into the game presents another challenge, but it’s a challenge similar to that already faced by anyone using music and sound effects to enhance their game: essentially, do you have a backing-track running throughout the whole thing, or do you press the “dragon fight” button to switch on the dragon fight music the instant the party starts to fight the dragon. Again, this problem isn’t insurmountable.
So I wonder… is there anyone out there teaching computers to set roleplaying sessions to music?
By the way, I am in the process of writing a book “King Arthur vs Devil Kitteh”, and if you could visit the Kickstarter page and sign up to be notified on launch, that would help me an awful lot, thanks!