Exploring new ideas of audience engagement and "gamification," my Nebula Variations is an interactive game and musical composition.
Games and music are both art forms that unfold over time, and the craft of these works lies in shaping and pacing how the piece unfolds. Composers and game designers both create the environments, but it is up to a performer or player's navigation of this environment to create the experience.
In music, though, usually the performer and audience are usually separate entities, with the performer crafting the experience for the audience. In my Nebula Variations the player takes on the role of both performer and audience member, crafting and enjoying a unique musical work in real time.
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