Posts Tagged ‘piano’

Music to Subjugate the Adult in You. :)

January 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you all been?

Last week while reading this article in Paste‘s website I got in touch with a cute, interesting indie videogame: Castles in the Sky, by The Tall Trees. The premise–gameplay wise–is simple: exploring the environment by jumping around. But there’s something more to it; something deeper.

Castles in the Sky

Castles in the Sky somehow manages to evoke childhood memories… or maybe more; I would say “mindsets”. Of course, not everyone’s childhood memories are equal. But those guys nailed it by approaching the player in a more subconscious level, reaching an abstract yet palpable feeling anyone can relate to.

And music here (by Jack de Quidt) ultimately makes it greater than the sum of its parts. By supporting the watercolor palette cohesively with slightly melancholic piano-based themes it helps drowning you in your own nostalgia, whatever it may be about.

Check the trailer out and if you’re feeling curious/generous you may lend those guys a hand. It would be worthy for its soundtrack alone–which comes standalone in the pack–but $1.50 is a steal anyway. :)

Cheers, have an awesome musical week!


Nothing. (sic)

December 9, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I want to share an old rough sketch for an indie game. It was composed based only on some abstract drawings and the idea of shifting icy and fiery environments.

Check the cool drwings (by Louie) and the little piece of music it inspired. :) I hope you like it!

See ya!


Intouchables: A French Soundtrack

August 26, 2013 2 comments

Hi there, how are you all doing?

This week I watched a nice French comedy/drama movie called The Intouchables. A beautiful story, depite being told in a bit of a Hollywoodian mood–but still fresh for NOT being American, I guess. :) Anyway–as always–I want to talk about the soundtrack…

Intouchables Soundtrack

Mr. Ludovico Einaudi–the composer–made the clever choice of borrowing influences from French romantic composers like Chopin to craft a brand new OST while keeping some emotional attachment to it–as if the new themes ring an old bell within the minds of the viewers. The American licensed R&B don’t hurt the selection a bit too. :)

Check this sample, watch the movie and grab the entire soundtrack if you like it. :)

See ya, take care!

Thomas Was Alone… But Surrounded By Some Beautiful Procedural Music. :)

July 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I was reading my July issue of Edge magazine and a quick Q&A with the composer David Housden has caught my attention. Luckily the full interview was featured in their site and that’s what I wanted to share here this week. :)

Housden scored a game called Thomas Was Alone, and from the start he had to face the challenge of lending simple, faceless geometric forms some emotion; more than that, the developer asked him to craft a procedural pile of freely randomizable pieces of music–which can be a technical pain placed over the already-tough creative task previously mentioned… :P

Since I’m a fierce admirer of the modular music created by the group Geinoh Yamashirogumi in Akira this couldn’t resound more within me. :)

Take a read and enjoy this short anouncement trailer as you listen to the smooth piano behind it.

That’s it, have an awesome week!

Commented Portfolio: Mysterostinatum.

July 15, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

Proceeding with that commented portfolio matter here is a short-but-interesting-nevertheless theme… :P It borrows an influence from the ostinato concept (repeating a motif “with obstinacy”, literally) and the use of an unusual time signature to achieve a mysterious, kinda miring theme.

The piano ostinato grows in speed just to start slowly all over again–almost as if it was a skipping record. :)

I hope you like this one, se ya! :)

Shifting Moods At Each Cycle (Portfolio)

Hi there, how have you been?

It’s been some time since I commented on my portfolio for the last time… So I’m better get going with that. :P

This one was made as an exercise in a composition class. The idea with this arrangement was to create a flute theme (5/4 in this case) and shift it from mood to mood as the cycles of the music flow. So it goes from presenting the theme to emotional (heavier strings) to noir (piano) to tutti. :)

I hope you like it. Have an awesome week!

A Tough Variation For An Almost Exhausted Theme. :P

June 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Hi there, how have you been?

This week I finally got back to my work in the indie videogame caled “HIVE” and we needed another variation of our very first soundtrack theme. Since I’ve already done a bunch of them this one has proven to be a tough one to figure out… :P Anyway it’s finished and hopefully it gets the job done. :)

The trick here was to shift the original time signature from 3/4 to 4/4… Turning a waltz into a ragtime. lol

I hope you like it…

For you reference here are the older entries on the same matter. :)

Have an awesome week! :D

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