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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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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.

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! ^_^

Adding a KwaEr (“choir”)

June 30th, 2009 2 comments
EWQL's Symphonic Choirs

EWQL's Symphonic Choirs

I’ve been playing around a lot with EastWest|Quantum Leap’sSymphonic Choir” package (which runs on the Play VSTi like most of their products), in conjunction with Word Builder.  Word Builder advertises that you “type in words for the choir to sing” which is a bit misleading as, although it works sometimes, it makes much more sense to use the exceptionally specific Votox language.

Votox allows you to type in phonemes using a standard QWERTY keyboard, and doesn’t use the non-English characters normally seen in dictionaries (such as a schwa).  For instance, if I wanted my choir to sing the word “cow”, I might type the word in plain English.  However, let’s say I want more control over the dipthong and the choir should sing more of an “ew” sound instead of “ah” followed by the default long vowel sound “oh”, I would switch to Votox and type “KaO”.   The ‘K’ and ‘a’ are likely self-evident, but the capital ‘O’ triggers the sound your voice and mouth make when your lips are in the shape of the letter, which can be more closely represented as “ooh” (i.e., “cool” as opposed to “coal”).

All of this is relatively inconsequential, as the best way to learn is just to play around with the tool; and it’s absolutely hilarious to get to know!  Imagine having an entire group of men and women singing “This shoe smells like poo” in the typical C-maj sequence I-IV-I-V-I!!

Hours of pure, gut-busting laughter. I promise!

After the novelty wears off, you’re left with an extraordinarily poweful tool that is slightly hindered by the difficulty of routing MIDI and/or the generated audio into and out of your DAW. An update has been announced for Word Builder and Symphonic Choirs that will integrate the two tools which are currently separate applications (Why? Not a clue), and make this particular composer very happy.

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