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MolyJam

April 2nd, 2012 Comments off

Well, I’ve gone and done it… made a game in 48 hours at the “What Would Molydeux?” Game Jam branch here in Austin! I participated alongside more than thirty programmers, designers, producers and artists from the Austin (and surrounding) area. Nick Fofi was my teammate, and we managed to get our game to a “finished” state! You can play the version we showed off at the Jam online by following this link. Remember, it was made in less than 48 hours if you count the tiny bit of sleep we got and breaks, but we worked our butts off.  Nick and I shared the work load when it came to code, he created the levels, and I scribbled out music and sound effects. Enjoy the silliness, and make sure you read the buttons.

Another fantastic submission you should all play is here: Tether was created entirely by Alex Ni using the Flixel library and a host of free tools. The game is superbly retro, and worth your time. Check it out!

New Music in the player!

August 18th, 2010 Comments off

A new song has been posted to the player on the right: Jewel’s “Foolish Games” as sung by my good friend (with a FREAKING AWESOME VOICE) Dawn Eminson, and recorded/mastered by yours truly. This is basically my first sung-vocals studio project and, in my humble opinion, believe it turned out pretty well.

Leave any recording/mastering-related critiques in the comments, if you’d like. I can certainly use it.

Note: the background track was not created by me, although I’m sure I could do something similar :)

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Fantasy music for your Face…book

May 28th, 2010 Comments off

The hugely popular Facebook game: Fantasy Kingdoms

My first major musical release, as defined by myself, has just taken place! Fantasy Kingdoms is a popular new game on Facebook with over 250,000 monthly players, and I was lucky enough to be chosen to provide them with an original score. Go check out the game if you’re of the Facebook gaming persuasion: http://apps.facebook.com/fantasykingdoms/

I hope you enjoy both the game and the audio!

The track for Fantasy Kingdoms was created with a number of tools and went through approximately seven iterations (there were minor changes I’m not counting which occurred in-between revisions) before we decided it was “complete”.  It was certainly an educational and interesting experience, as this was my first Facebook game for which to compose!

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Just Plain Odd

May 7th, 2010 Comments off

I’ll occasionally come back to the player on this site, listen to my old stuff and think, “That’s not half bad!” Yet other times (the majority of the time, actually), I think about how much I should have improved a track before releasing it into the wild, and that it was without a doubt below par for public consuption. Any other artists out there go through this see-saw effect when reviewing your old(er) works?

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Coiled Up…

August 22nd, 2009 4 comments

New music posted!

My instrumental-only cover of Lacuna Coil’s original song “Swamped” from their album Comalies (the song is also available for download in Rock Band) has been posted to the right.  It is currently the 2nd song in the list.

Remember: I am looking for singers to mix into this track, so if you think you’ve got the chops (and a mic), record a raw track of yourself singing any of the parts (no reverb, no additional sounds) and I will mix them in and post that track here as well!  Think of this as a tribute to one of the hardest working bands in the world.

Make an MP3 of your vocals, and send them to my email address: rtoomim (at) cagames (dot) com.

Learning how to Rock

August 21st, 2009 Comments off

I decided a couple of days ago that I’d make a concerted effort at recreating a rock song. Seeing as I’ve never composed a full song in this genre on my own, it’s a substantial task.

I chose Lacuna Coil’s song “Swamped” as my subject, and I’ve nearly completed the instrumental part of it. Since I’m not a great singer, I’m not yet sure if I’ll attempt to get that part in the final mix. So, if any of you out there are singers in the Austin area (liking Lacuna Coil would help), and you feel like being part of a fun experiment you should get in touch with me!

Edit: Even if you’re NOT in the Austin area, and you like Lacuna Coil enough to record yourself singing this track, I’ll welcome the submission and attempt to include it in the recording.

Even if I am unable to get singers, I’ll be posting the version of the backing track that I’ve created sometime soon. Looking forward to your critiques!

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New audio: “On the Clock”

July 21st, 2009 Comments off

This piece is setup for a TV drama-style montage, but is originally for a puzzle game.  Thinking music, if you will.  Quite simply, it is a wandering, arpeggiated piano with a cello and the piano playing the melody, then the xylophone taking over the arpeggio when the piano passes itself the melodic line (or counter melody…however you prefer to see it).  It’s in the player to the right, and as always: comments are welcome!

New audio: “Steel Pan Bonus”

July 20th, 2009 Comments off

Not sure how I missed posting this before, but now is as good a time as any!  A bit of new-to-you work here from a game I hope to release sometime in the near future.  This short clip is all kinds of happy and Summery, with that laid back bass and beat so familiar to those who live in Trinidad and Tobago, and it’s in the player to the right.  Give a listen and enjoy!

New audio: “…and Found” – Inspired by ABC’s LOST

July 16th, 2009 2 comments
ABC's "LOST"

ABC's "LOST"

There was a little contest going on in the guise of “fan appreciation” for ABC’s hit show LOST, and I found out about it last night.  Unfortunately, the contest ends tonight, but I decided to send my entry off anyway to see if they might accept it 8 hours late (next day air FTW).  Regardless, you all get to hear what I can do when pressed for time (and with a 60-second time limit…not that many of my works on the site go much longer than that).  It should be in the player to the right side of the page.  This short piece entitled “…and Found” is meant to run during a title sequence if one existed, and was inspired entirely by Michael Giacchino’s work on the show.  I hope some of his expertise rubbed off on me!  The man is a gold mine right now, so I could stand to learn from someone making as much money as he is.

I will amend an instrument list later if anyone is interested.

New audio: “The Ryokan Chase”

July 15th, 2009 2 comments
EWQL's "Play" being used with Ableton Live

Just as the title says, “The Ryokan Chase”, an easily loopable battle-music-esque short has been added to the player!  This one took approximately 3 hours to come together, and actually came out very close to what I had originally envisioned!  Hooray for my brain!

“The Ryokan Chase” is meant to portray a rough and tumble scene you’d find in a movie within which the plucky hero and his assistant are driven through a traditional Japanese inn; presumably by a group of thugs.  All you need to add are the overtly sarcastic (and intrinsically pun-riddled) quips and some sound effects!  Voila: instant blockbuster! ^_^