The VGM Show on 1020 Radio

Hi!

Hoo boy have I been busy! Lot’s of work on Archvale and some new music for Somewhen and a bunch of other stuff that’s still under NDA.

But, outside of the world of paid work, I’ve also been busy working on a Radio Show! I now have a monthly show with the lovely folks at 1020 Radio focussing on the weirder, darker and more electronic end of Video Game Music. I’m on 1-2pm every 2nd Tuesday.

You can check it out at the link below, hoping to have some awesome composers on as guests in the coming months so stay tuned for that! 🙂

https://1020.live/residents/the-vgm-show/

Composition commission for Rising Arts Agency.

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.

FFIX – Song of Memories – Orchestral Arrangement

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.

21 Days of Video Game Music – Days 18 – 21

Finished up the last day of 21 Days of Video Game Music challenge today! Pleased to say I managed to write something everyday and I’m pretty happy with most of it! Here’s a playlist of everything:

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 – Days 11 & 12

Another quick update post on my last couple of days work on the 21 Days of VGM challenge. Here is todays, some lofi hip hop inspred stuff, playing around a lot with the granular delay settings in Izotopes DDelay:

and yesterdays, which is quite different. Tried only using Spitfire audios free LABS instruments for this one, melancholy piano and string stuff.

21 Days of Video Game Music – Days 9 & 10

Forgot to post again yesterday! So, two very contrasting styles for todays and yesterdays pieces. Starting with yesterdays, Harold Budd/Ryuichi Sakamoto inspired gentle solo piano stuff:

and todays, which is some weird, wonky 8-bit (ish) techno.

21 Days of Video Game Music – Days 7 & 8

Forgot to post yesterday so doing a quick double post today! Two very contrasting styles for todays and yesterdays pieces. Yesterday I went for intense black metal, inspired by some silly conversations in the dungeons and dragons campaign I am part of about what a great name for a black metal band corpse wave would be! I don’t have my guitars with me sadly (they’re in my studio which I currently can’t access due to covid-19) so had to make do with samplers.

and then for today I went in a completely different direction! Feeling inspired by freya’s theme/Burmecia from Final Fantasy 9, I went for a sombre piano and choir vibe. Here’s what I came up with.

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: