I was lucky enough to be commissioned recently by the awesome folks at Rising Arts Agency to write a piece of music in response to the question “What does lockdown sound like to you?” This is what I came up with.
I decided to only use free tools for this (I cheated a little when mastering tbh) as my self imposed limitation. I wrote a short blog post too over at Rising’s blog talking about what tools I used and why I wrote what I wrote, if you’re interested you can check that out here.
Woke up yesterday and felt the urge to try writing some chiptune! Not a style that I usually work in but I often find that arbitrary restrictions can be quite inspiring when composing so I decided to give it a go. I needed some kind of visual prompt to help me with the writing process, so I decided to re-score the final boss battle from Analgesic Productions awesome 2013 game Anodyne. Really can’t recommend this game (and it’s awesome sequel) enough to fans of old school JRPG’s like me.
This week I decided to do something I’ve never done before, an orchestral arrangement of one of my all time favourite bits of video game music!
I picked Song of Memories as it’s a super emotive piece that’s pretty simple harmonically & I thought it would lend itself well to orchestration. I never normally write music like this but I felt like it would be a good challenge and I recently picked up Spitfire Audio’s BBC SO Discover plugin so I felt like I should really test out it’s capabilities.
I decided to post a video of the result over the final scene of FFIX as I felt like it worked quite well over the scene, and that I should start to make use of my much neglected YouTube channel! I didn’t score this to picture, but I’m currently working on a re-design & re-score of the opening FMV to Grandia, another one of my all time favourite JRPG’s.
I’ll make sure to post that up here when i’m done, in the meantime, here’s my arrangement of Song of Memories.
I’ve been a bit quiet about posting on here in the last few days as It’s been surprisingly hectic! However, I’ve still been keeping up with the 21 days of video game music challenge. Here’s day’s 14 to 18 in reverse order, spanning drum and bass, ambient, sparse solo piano and some house(ish) stuff.