Archive for the “Music” Category
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
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
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
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
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
Kate, June 2012.
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 performingK8bit-Tusker-Khaki_shorts_edition.mp3
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
Mine latest invenchion!
I was talking to a friend online the other day about the music of Tim Follin when I remembered a piece of music that wasn’t from the C64 that I *thought* was by him. When I remembered the title eventually, I realized that in fact it was an even more unique non-c64 composition from Martin Galway, C64 musician supremo. Martin had composed music on few other formats. Notably the Sinclair Specturm, but also the GameBoy and SNES. One of the unlikely games that Martin collaborated with others on was Ultima: Runes of Virtue II.
The original Gameboy music:Martin-Galway_Runes_of_Virtue-GB.mp3
Meanwhile, here’s my arrangement, which was inspired by a bit of Mass Effect, Blade Runner, and well.. spaceysynthiness in generalK8bit-Data_of_Synthetic_Virtue.mp3
This being a non-C64 remix I will not be uploading to remix.kwed.org so will not have my normal captive audience
Retro-Cronie Kenz posed the question of “What if Galway had released the tune on the C64?” – so I created a hypothetical version of the tune It takes some liberties with the C64 hardware… er… 6 SID channels anyone?K8bit-c64virtue.mp3
A music video.. of sorts