Tribal drums


Prior to Be­fore’s con­cept be­ing locked down, it started out as a mu­sic game. That idea was scrapped but it re­tains a strong mu­si­cal iden­tity. Com­poser Jenny Min­ton has worked with Lowe since the project’s early days, be­fore any of Be­fore’s sys­tems were in place. Now she’s work­ing with the team to de­sign the au­dio el­e­ments that will con­sti­tute your tribe’s rit­u­al­is­tic and cer­e­mo­nial be­hav­iour, draw­ing on the poly­phonic singing of African pygmy tribes as well as Mon­go­lian throat singing. Cou­pled with ex­pres­sive danc­ing, these mo­ments will punc­tu­ate the game’s some­times placid stretches with out­bursts of emo­tion, giv­ing the player more in­sight into the tribe’s well­be­ing.

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