The Parting Glass

Who said video games couldn’t tell a heartwarming story? This is from the ending of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (so don’t watch the video if you don’t want to be spoiled!), and proves that even a video game about swashbuckling pirates can end with an incredibly poignant scene.

Floppy Drive Music

As kind of a follow-up to my previous post, here’s a classic song recreated by using the sounds of eight floppy drives. Seems like floppy discs are actually quite useful in creating music, as this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them make songs. For Battlefield players, here’s some more floppy music:

And some Pirates:

And some Star Wars…
And Peer Gynt.

The Music of Bastion

For a soundtrack that was entirely recorded in the composer’s closet in a NYC apartment, Bastion’s soundtrack exceeds all expectations. The core aspect of Bastion that made it such a memorable game was innovation. Not only was the gameplay fresh, but the universe and mood were very well crafted, in large part due to the music.

The two most prominent themes in the game each represent a character. The first one is Zia’s theme:

And the second is Zulf’s:

The two themes come seamlessly together in this final theme:

The composer, Darren Korb, set out to create a soundtrack that would feel like the American West, but also depict a strange fantasy environment. I think the mix of the guitar and the electronic synths did a good job of achieving that timbre.

The Music of Halo

You can’t deny that the music in this trailer is beautiful, and is essential to the delivery of the right mood to the audience. Music in films and games are design to do just that: get the mood across to the audience.

The composer for the Halo video game franchise is Martin O’Donnell, and he is an amazing composer. Because I’m a big gamer, I of course play Halo, and I appreciate much of the great music in the games. He talks about his inspirations, his use of various instruments, and his history in many of the interviews that I’ve seen, and it’s all greatly inspiring.

To finish, this piece of his is perhaps the most emotional piece of music ever composed for a video game.

Video Game Music

So I just finished Portal 2.

And being the huge nerd that I am, it made me really happy! Not only was the game’s story fantastic, but the credits song basically made my day.

For those of you who don’t know, when the original Portal was released, it included a song in the credits that instantly became a huge hit in the internet community, to gamers and non-gamers alike:

It’s needless to say that I fell in love with the catchy tune and could not wait for more music by the artist, Jonathan Coulton. I even arranged the song for my woodwind quintet.

Then came Portal 2, and…

I’m sure I’ll discuss the topic further relating to the Halo franchise, but video game composing is something I consider very similar to film composing. Hence, I am very interested in it as a career.

Now I’m off to listen to “Want You Gone” over and over again until I can flawlessly sing its bass, harmony and vocal part, as I unfortunately did with “Still Alive.”