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A Podcast of songs and gaming :)

Download:  K8-bit-VGM-Podcast3.mp3
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Content <c> Jeremy Soule/NCsoft/ArenaNet, Poets of the Fall/Remedy Entertainment/Rockstar Games, Faunts/Bioware/EA Games, Jonathan Coulton/Valve Software, Karen O/Eidos Interactive, Jon Hare/Richard Joseph/Sensible Software/Virgin Interactive, Sega, Dave Lowe/Rainbird Software

Beds courtesy of: Martin Galway, Drax, Rob Hubbard, Ben Daglish, Matt Gray, Tim Follin.

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Some of my music work related links:

http://soundcloud.com/k8-bit

and

http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?search=k8-bit

 

…and yes…  more coming soon :)

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Mass Effect C64, music by Fronz09.. because I was too lazy to do it lol

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Soulless

Back in March Kenz asked if I would compose an arrangement of some music in a forthcoming new C64 game, this was relevant to my retro-interests so I said yes immediately, plus I also fancied getting a contributor’s complimentary copy of the game for posterity:)

 

I was a bit worried though, as when I do an arrangement its because the original speaks to me in some way, but here was me approaching something new, blindly (deafly?)

 

Fortunately, I was not disappointed – the main theme from Soulless was a wonderful, original sounding but with a kind of Follin/Elfman/Williams-esque style that really appealed to me… whilst at the same time very much daunting me with its structure and rhythm.  My intial attempts at arranging it tried to ignore this and put too much of my own spin on it, but ultimately changing the overal tone, so I decided to stick closer to the original.

 

My first attempt was actually quite a nice piano arrangement that whilst sounding pleasing, wasnt really big enough to warrant being worthy enough to be put on the accompanying disk shipped with the game.. and to make matters worse Kenz – the villain – gave me some hints of what it maybe ought to sound like – he suggested Game of Thrones and Daxx’s rather lovely Shadow of the Beast 2012 remix – I know *now* that these pieces are both magnificent… but at the time I could *not* listen to them as I feared 1: them influencing me too much and/or 2: me feeling too much pressure to match their quality!

 

So.. with only a few weeks before the due date I just ploughed in, initially just building up the structure of the piece, then going in and embellishing, and making small stylistic thematic changes in places – I felt certain sections really lended themselves well to a jazzy backbeat, coupled with a very real performance-sounding double-bass… I almost pictured Danny Elfman’s little spooky band quartet from Nightmare before Christmas playing some sections :D

 

Anyway – in the end I still could not implement all the ideas I wanted, but was limited by hardware, time.. and well.. my own musical capabilities!

 

My hope is that people enjoy the arrangement, and that the original composer and makers of the game think it does an ok job :D

 

Kate, June 2012.
Soulless

http://remix.kwed.org/index.php?search=soulless

 

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Due to requests, here I present my public version of my theme for Anna Black’s AWESOMO anorak radio show :)

K8-bit_Anorak.mp3

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Just a little music video I made to footage from the trilogy, no plot specific spoilers, its more of an impression piece :)

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Just a quick and dirty little 8-bit conversion of one of the songs from “The Settlers” – notably on the Amiga, but there were other versions too I believe :)

 

K8bit-SETTLERS8bit.mp3

 

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Here we go – not a new release per se I’m afraid! – I wanted to re-do the mastering on my previously arranged piece using the knowledge I’d gleaned from Putzi, but also didnt like the ending of my original take.  One day whilst re-listening to the tune in the car I had a sudden notion of what would work… so I went with that… hence the title :)

This features the indomitable Anna Black once again with some ethnic vocal performing :)

K8bit-Tusker-Khaki_shorts_edition.mp3

 

 

 

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Currently working on two new compositions.  One of these was quite inevitable:

One of my all-time fave movies, with some of my all-time fave music!

I’ve wanted to arrange some of the music from the film since like.. FOREVER.  I recently sat down and actually tried to do something with it at last, aided by the actual sheet music!

Anyway.. here is the tiniest tiny little preview to give you an idea of the slightly C64 stylings I’m going for:

Russell Lieblich’s 1986 C64 rendition for the game:

lieblichLabyrinth.mp3

My arrangement (based on the original score) :

Link removed – am near completion of the song now :)

 

Still to decide what I’m going to do about the vocal part – whether to sing it myself, or go with something else.. hmmms

 

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