Gumshoes (Draft 1.0)


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Last post I indicated that I was planning to write a tune to a picture.  I actually had planned to do such a thing for, I don’t know, a couple years, probably, but never really got around to it.  The drafts that you’ve heard on this site so far have come from general ideas; for example, “Theme for the Woods” was originally based off a flute lick I heard in my head and for “Monday’s Theme” I was thinking about life on a farm.  Using a picture grounded me a lot more, and you’ll read why below.  Here’s the picture off which I’ve been writing:

The picture depicts my girlfriend Jen, Mog, and me as the authorities in sleuthing.  It was drawn by none other than the [Score.] logo artist, Natalie Parisi, who drew it for me because I was one of the first five to solve the first puzzle on her mystery/puzzle blog, Clavis Cryptica.

I decided to use this one for my first picture-to-audio project because, one, it was recently done; two, I like it; and three, because it threw me into an unfamiliar genre.  Out of all of the compositions I’ve ever done – and I’m not just talking about ones done for this site – I’ve never been focused on ‘mystery.’  In fact, I’m not sure that I’m even that close to the music of many puzzle games.  Tetris notwithstanding, the only audio that comes immediately to mind is Professor Layton and the Curious Village.  My tune has a similar vibe to the beginning of “Professor Layton’s Theme,” I guess, but it certainly isn’t half as killin’.  Who wrote it…?  Tomohito Nishiura.  I’m going to have to check out more of that guy’s stuff, holy cow.  And in case you want to compare that live version to the in-game, here it is.

And then, here is mine in all its Finale/Garritan sample glory:

Not even close on the scale of killin’!  But I like the direction that my tune is headed, so I’ll keep it for now.

Originally titled “Sleuths” (and changed because that’s the title of Natalie’s picture, not to mention gumshoes is a pretty cool word), I first started writing by fiddling around with the Steinway in Logic.  It didn’t take very long, as I recall, to come up with the first fourteen measures of the right-hand part (before the woodwinds and viola come in).  In fact, the evidence is in my Logic file; it’s essentially those measures out of time with corrections embedded within.



Codas: Link Round-up (through Jan. 18)


I’d like to share with you all some cool VGM-related things (mostly) that you might check out on the internet from time to time.  Watch for an update such as this every fortnight or so (though, if there are an inordinate amount of awesome sites that I find in a given week you’ll see an update sooner, of course!).

(links are solely in order of when I checked them out, earliest to latest)

GamesRadar shows off a YouTube video of a monstrous instrument aptly name the gAtari.

Megabeep reviews chiptune artist C-Jeff’s latest work, Preschtale.  The work is pretty heavy–I dig it.  Listen to the whole thing from beginning to end and you will not be disappointed.

Urbanech0es showcases some Chrono Trigger remixes by The Bad Dudes called “Chronotorious”.

–  Kenley Kristofferson talks about the VGM from Cloud.  I can’t wait to delve into more works by the composer, Vincent Diamante.

–  Despite whether you know Tim Follin by name or not, you’ve likely heard some of his work.  Steve Lakawicz of Classical Gaming does a quick overview of his musical career in his first post about Follin; he then follows up with a couple of YouTube videos that see Follin interviewed.

– I have officially joined up with OCRemix!  My username is Muuurgh.  You will know my posts by the [Score.] logo in the signature, heh.  I don’t intend to remix anything at this point in time, but there’s certainly an interest to work on some projects like that.

– Speaking of [Score.] logo, how’s that header looking?  Thanks, Natalie Parisi!  Check out her mysteries/puzzles blog, Clavis Cryptica.

– Jazz orchestrator Maria Schneider is gearing up for a 2012 Artist Commission project through ArtistShare.  If you’ve never heard her, as a music lover you should do yourself a favor.  Am I willing to shell out $150 to help commission her work and study the score of whatever she writes?  Yes.  But I need a couple of private lesson gigs first ^ ^