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September 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Passions in the Cold”

This week’s music selection is the second of the winter cues from the game Dice Legacy. Here I used a duet of flutes, standard and alto, playing noodly chromatic lines to suggest the numbing chill.

Whereas last week’s frigid music used the piercing high register of the instrument, here the flutes play in the more lulling low end. To me the cello line represents the human element, subdued by winter but persisting.

Play this cue below, or check out the entire game soundtrack on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon MusicPandora, or YouTube!

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September 2022
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Cue of the Week: “First Winter”

A bit ahead of season, this week’s music selection is the first of the winter cues from Dice Legacy. In contrast to the balmy and expansive summer cues, these are tense, static, and mournful. Each piece tries to evoke a sense of winter through different musical means.

In this week’s selection, I used a solo flute to personify the icy winds. Subsequent horn and string interludes suggest the villagers’ determination as they hunker down for what’s to come.

Play this cue below, or check out the entire game soundtrack on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon MusicPandora, or YouTube!

09
September 2022
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Cue of the Week: “A Forgotten Summer”

I’m back from an August journey to NYC and the UK — where I experienced the creative tumult of the Edinburgh Fringe — and am pleased to resume this blog/mailing list/music-sharing tradition!

Speaking of things summer-related, this week’s selection is the final summer music from the game Dice Legacy. Nyckelharpa specialist Mats Wester reprises the score’s first fair-weather theme as a pensive duet with guitar.

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July 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Villagers and Townsfolk”

This atmospheric music from the Dice Legacy score takes a turn for the endearingly comedic. Whereas the prior cue portrayed the villagers as craftspeople, this cue conveys the casual aspects of everyday life: being at ease at a tavern or gossiping during a midday break. In more musical terms, solo woodwinds play languid modal melodies over an easygoing string waltz.

Play this cue below, or check out the entire game soundtrack on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon MusicPandora, or YouTube!

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July 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Looms and Smithies”

Each of the summer cues in the Dice Legacy score focuses on an aspect of village life, suggesting some of the daily activity going on below the game’s bird’s-eye view. Here I used hammered dulcimer and bowed nyckelharpa (played by the very talented Mats Wester) to evoke the bustle of crafting activities.

Play this cue below, or check out the entire game soundtrack on SpotifyApple MusicAmazon MusicPandora, or YouTube!

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