Composer Austin Wintory (Journey, FlOw) released the official soundtrack for the game Monaco along with a 2nd album called “The Gentleman’s Private Collection”. This 2nd album is made up of covers by musicians like a capella artist Peter Hollens, flutist Laura Intravia, cellist Tina Guo, and myself.
I’ve been a huge fan of Austin’s music since playing Journey last year. One of the things I admire most about him is his diversity. He is also a super cool guy. :)
I was very honored to be invited to create a cover of a Monaco song. You can listen to Shadows here:
The song is available on Bandcamp. Be sure to check out the full album here ($6)!
If you enjoy the music, you can also buy the album as part of a bundle with the official Monaco OST ($9).Read More
Ever since I played the ending of Halo 3, I’ve been haunted by the thought of Cortana all alone on the ship for many years. When Halo 4 trailers revealed that this was a difficult time for her because of the rampancy AI’s experience after a certain time in service, I really wanted to make a tribute song about that time. She is one of my favorite characters in video games. :)
Originally, I had wanted to do a Halo 4 cover that focused fully on this new game. However, once I finished the campaign, I realized that my love for the music in previous Halo titles stood strong. Since a lot of us have heard those melodies composed by Marty O’Donnell for years, it’s the music that’s easier to associate with Cortana and Master Chief. Those themes… So beautiful. So right.
I hope you enjoy this tribute song! Thank you so much for listening.
I had a great time working with Gavin Dunne of Miracle of Sound on this track he wrote called Legends of the Frost. Such a beautiful song! I’m so happy he invited me to add some vocals!
Gavin writes a lot of video game related songs, you should definitely check out his music!
Thank you guys for listening!
However, I admit that after awhile (shhh! I’m covering Gears of War’s ears) I wish I could still feel that particular adrenaline you get from a brand new game.
Here’s something I like to do to keep the love alive:
Game audio settings usually have at least three volume levels you can customize: Music, Sound Effects, and Dialog. When I play a game for the first time, I leave these levels untouched, occasionally bringing up the dialog to follow the storyline.
Second time around – once I’m familiar with the dialog/story and have already experienced the adrenaline rush from the awesome sound effects of dying – I lower the sound effects and dialog levels until they’re barely audible. Then, I crank up the music.
Oh, boy. It’s lovely. It alters my state of mind, therefore making the gameplay feel different.
Try it! And pay attention to when the music starts and stops and how in some games it intelligently adapts to your decisions. :) It’s unbelievable. Second time around, don’t just play the game. FEEL the game through music.
Mix it up.
After hearing The Dragonborn Comes while playing Skyrim, I couldn’t get the song out of my mind. I just had to learn it! I recorded this version of it, which then transitions into a bit of the Skyrim theme. I hope you like it! :)
You can download the free MP3 here:
Thanks for watching!