With that in mind are there any composers here who have any experience with this and would be willing to share some advice or resources I can take a look/listen to get me moving in the right direction? Kinda looking for what sort of musical elements can typicaly be found in this kind of music. I've gotten as far as listening to smooth jazz and funky saxphone tracks to see if anything sort of fits the feel of these scenes, but nothings really sticking with me so far.
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The instrumentation should vary some based on theme, in my personal views. For our fantasy game Requiescence, we went with harp/piano to evoke "tenderness," and the whole song is fairly emotional (and also used for some SFW emotional scenes, too). You can hear that theme here.
However, for a lot of more modern games, there tends to be a frequent pattern of floaty feeling synths and a kind of particular beat. Here's an example of the NSFW-scene song from Phantom Thief Jade, and here you can find the NSFW-scene song from DMMD. You'll also notice a pretty identical vibe in this song from CAGE-OPEN-.
Lucky Dog's sexytimes song is slower and a bit jazzier, which fits the early-mid 1900s setting.
Note that these are all Japanese VNs aside from Requiescence, so that might account for some similarities in style. But hopefully this helps a bit!
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Only problem I've got is that the project im working on is a western VN so theres probably going to be some genre/arrangement differences that are required. My biggest concern however is the humor element I mentioned. Even though there are scenes that are more emotional and a result of building a relationship, a lot of them are spur of the moment "didn't see that coming" scenes. So i'll have to mull that over a bit longer.
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For sweet scenes Smooth Jazz music should be relevant; for scenes with more deep feelings involved, I think something with Noir mood could be good. New Age might work as well, but that humor element you've mentoned...
Anyway, as it music should respond to visual content, it's hard to give a 100% advice
I was thinking that maybe it's better to focus less on the sexyness of these scenes as the acts that take place in them speak for themselves so attempting to reinforce them with anything sensual/sexy sounding is likely going to miss the mark and be more distracting than anything else e.g. having some fun in a public changing room, a park in the middle of the night, a helping hand in a hospital etc... is less romantic and more promiscuous or risque which lends itself to humor. So with that said I was thinking along the lines of a bassoon and/or bass calrinet for that low key comical/playful sound. I'm sure you've probably come across this type of music before somewhere.
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