Archvale Announcement Trailer & Steam Page!

I’ve been totally failing to update this blog for the last few months because I’ve been real busy! Working on a bunch of projects, some games, some not, most under NDA. But, the one that isn’t under NDA is Archvale.

I’ve been helping out with the sound, mostly focussing on weapons, boss attacks and some ambiences and it’s been a lot of fun, you can check out the trailer below, and wishlist on steam here!

Romance Rescue!

Had a bunch of fun last week for Fuse Jam making a ridiculous helicopter flying game where you re-unite estranged couples and save love! Me & the lovely folks I worked with were all super busy so I’m pretty proud that we managed to make something that’s pretty much finished!
You can play it over on itch here.

Anodyne – Briar Boss Battle – Re-Score

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.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with:

21 Days of Video Game Music – Days 14 – 18

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.

21 Days of Video Game Music – Day 6

Another quick sketch/idea today. Went for something faster and techno-ier (is that a word?!)

Very much inspired by “Conflict Crossover Pt 1” from Martyn Stonehouse’s score for For The Warp.

21 Days of Video Game Music – Day 5

Another quick sketch for today’s piece, this time I was taking inspiration from the Ice Cavern theme from Final Fantasy 9 (albeit going in a slightly different direction):

Here’s what I came up with:

21 Days of Video Game Music – Day 3

Went for something closer to my usual style today, I’ve been playing quite a lot of Faster Than Light recently, so I was imagining some kind of space based game while I was writing. As it happens, I’ve also been doing a bit of playing around with Unity, using Ray Wenderlich’s online course. So, after I’d written some music, I decided to make a looping version (and a couple of quick sfx) and implement them in the demo of “Space Debris”. Here’s a screen capture of what I made:



The sound design is still pretty rough and ready, and I have only implemented single sounds for now, but I’ll share a more polished version here once I’ve finished it up. The full piece of music is on my soundcloud page here:

21 Days of Video Game Music – Day 2

Today I went for something very much outside of my comfort zone and usual composition style. Ridiculous orchestral battle music! It was really fun to write something in this style as I’ve never tried it before, I also learned how to change time signatures in Reaper which is cool, and surprisingly easy.

Very much inspired by the fighting theme from FF7:

Here’s todays piece:

First Game Jam!

Last week I went to my first game jam and had a great time! Fuse Jam in Bristol. We made a little game where you float around on a boat and you can raise and lower the water level by collecting pluses or minuses dotted around the world.

You can play or download the game that we made here: https://tidalloch.itch.io/tidal-loch

I made the music that plays in the background when you start and quite a lot of the sound effects too, I collaborated on the audio with Starshine Audio.

It’s the first time I’ve ever done any kind of audio work for games and luckily folks were kind enough to help me with implementation in Unity and explaining some of the basics of how that works.

In terms of audio stuff I created the music by making multiple variations of a simple piano loop, made using Kontakt, Tritik’s Krush (which is free and awesome) and Izotopes DDLY that looped seamlessly, and then telling unity to play them in a random order.

The idea was to create the impression of the music being generative, without the serious work involved in doing that properly! I was pretty happy with the result.

In terms of sound design I kept things pretty simple due to time constraints and because my goal for the jam was more to meet people and learn a bit of unity/implementation stuff than imprve my design chops.

I used Collected Transients flusher library quite a lot though, especially for the water drain/fill sounds. Thanks to some of the folks at the jam I’ve now discovered Bitsy so the next mission is to make a little game using that and then learn how to make audio work within it!