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The Briefing:

When a music professional working in the digital media industry receives a new project brief from a studio, what are the processes that they go through to begin figuring out what music needs to be composed? Of course, the answer varies from composer to composer, but frequently the composer will talk with the studio to establish what emotions and feelings are trying to be conveyed in a particular scene.

Competition Clips:

We are in the process of finalizing the competition clips for DigiMusic 2020. Select the one that you would like to work with. Please note, they will be provided without any audio or music. Below are the clips we had for DigiMusic 2019.


Dauntless is a co-operative action RPG currently in Open Beta for PC being created by our friends at Phoenix Labs, an 80+ person studio in Burnaby. Battle ferocious Behemoths, craft powerful
weapons, and forge your legend in the Shattered Isles. This first clip portrays the lush, expansive universe in which the game is set. Can you write music to suit?

Project Eagle

Project Eagle is an interactive art demo created as a collaboration between Vancouver's Blackbird Interactive and NASA to help us imagine what life could be like on Mars. Blackbird's stellar track record in creating space exploration games, such as the classic Homeworld series, meant that they were ideal partners for NASA. Can you compose music the evokes the feeling of life on Mars?  

FIFA 2019

Who doesn't know the FIFA series, one of the most successful game franchises in history? But who knew it was made right here in B.C. at Electronic Arts Vancouver? Try your hand at composing music for this gameplay/game trailer for this state of the art game. 


Honkbarn is an animated series created by Kelowna-based studio, Yeti Farm. Help bring the lovable creatures of Honkbarn to life. They love to make silly noises and dance all night long but they can't do it without your help! Can you create music that's as strange and unique as the animation?

Testing Grounds:

How does the clip you selected make you feel? Can you describe the moods, emotions, and feelings that come to you when you watch the clip? Using the Getting Started Worksheet, you can circle or highlight words that you may feel, or you can add additional words.

These feelings and reactions are what the composer needs to convey to the audience through their music. As you continue through this project, you will need to make use of the musical tools you are learning about in music class to help guide the audience to the feelings you have described. You will see how changing the music can change the audience’s reaction to a given scene, helping them to understand what is happening or to feel a particular way. Music can be as important as the visuals in creating the desired feeling and emotions in the viewer.

Side Quest:

Can you find examples of movies or video games where the music used was NOT what you would have expected it to be? Why? How has the composer used music to change the reaction of the audience to the clip?

Industry Voice:

If you like, listen to the following people working in the industry describe their process.

What is your process when you first receive a brief?

How do you begin to compose a piece of music?


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Career Pathway Videos


Shannon Mason
Composer & Sound Designer
Vancouver, BC


Caitlin Yu
Head of Quality Assurance
Phoenix Labs
Burnaby, BC

Adrian Talens
Freelance Composer
Vancouver, BC