Entries in music (4)

Sunday
Dec302012

Variations on a theme

Here is the first variation for the ORBITOR main theme music. The idea is to maintain a few very recognisable themes/motifs throughout the game. I've decided to keep the initial versions fairly short so I can get through as many variations as possible and have a large list to choose from and expand upon later.

I have to say I'm really enjoying the whole movie trailer style of music I've chosen for the core of the game's score. I'm having a lot of fun trying to nail that "inspirational" vibe that crafty trailer makers use to invoke emotions in a very short period. It's easy to get inspiration to write it that's for sure. There are so many trailers out there that use the kind of uplifting, motivational feel I'm going for. It's also used on a lot of "greatest moments in life" mashups/montages on tv, particularly for sport.

 

Friday
Nov302012

Spreading the love

A while ago I wrote a short bit of music for fellow indie dev company Level Machine for their WIP Blastronauts. It's a fun 4 player competitive shoot em' up.

Even though it sounds a little like a theme song for a tv show about Rednecks tearing around in a pick up truck shooting things I think it suited the game perfectly. Maybe I'll do an 8 bit version to suit the retro style of the game.

I've just re-mixed and added a piano ending for Finn to use as the new intro music for his youtube channel. Finn puts up playthroughs and gives his opinion on any games that takes his interest. 

So break out the hunting rifles, dynamite and 4x4's and go blow some shit up!

 

Thursday
Nov222012

Mew-Sack

I managed to smash together a condensed version of the ORBITOR theme a few weeks ago. The idea is to string a common theme throughout the game much like they do in movies.

ORBITOR's music is based on movie trailer music. The type of heart string pulling, uplifting and epic sounding music they use to get the emotions going within a very short period of time. It's almost manipulative. It's a large part of selling a film these days. Carefully cut parts of a film to a piece of music that stirs emotion regardless of what it has to do with the film.

So I thought I'd apply the same idea throughout our game. The challenge is hitting that mark over the entirety of the game without becoming too repetitive and cheesy. There is definitely some "cheese" in this type of music and it's easy to fall into cliches and unoriginality. But hey, it actually works perfectly for what I'm trying to achieve and the feeling I'm trying to convey.

So pass the cheese please and sit back and enjoy :)

Saturday
Oct132012

Awwdeeyo. Yep yep yep yep yep.

This is one of my favourite ways to spend a weekend. I have the office to myself and everything I need to work on my music. I'm going to spend the next couple of weeks kicking out some new jams for ORBITOR and finishing the existing ones. I'm living the dream.

But, have you had that moment? You finally finish building that perfect 'thing' that was going to make all your awesomeness possible and you realise it's now down to you. Well that's where I'm at.

I just realised that my studio is perfect. It's everything I need and have wanted for some time. So if ORBITOR's music sucks I can't use the old "if only I had that other thing it would sound better, or I'd be able to work faster" excuse. Nothing like a bit of pressure to make you perform.

So I better stop blogging and go and be awesome. That's what I'm paying myself for.

- Dale