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July 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Keep of Hearts”

The King of Hearts has had way too many tarts. Late in Cortopia’s VR game Down the Rabbit Hole, the player contends with a king who has grown to epic proportions.

I wasn’t super subtle in my musical characterization of the over-fed monarch: he gets a tuba solo.

Listen to the music at the usual places below.

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June 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Four Castles”

Much of the score for Cortopia’s “Down the Rabbit Hole” has a fantasy or neo-Baroque character, reflecting the game’s setting and pompous resident aristocracy. This week’s cue, in contrast, is more like a 19th-century symphonic march. I restricted the instrumentation to winds and percussion in order to make the music feel less lush and more stern.

Listen to the music for free at the usual places below.

(Also, check out my interview about this score on Kate Remington’s fantastic Music Respawn game music podcast!)

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June 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Estate”

This selection from the score for Cortopia’s VR game “Down the Rabbit Hole” accompanies a level with sly sneaking, and trickery of pompous sentient-card aristocrats. Needless to say, bass clarinet was called for.

Listen to the music for free at the usual places below.

(Also, check out my interview about this score on Kate Remington’s fantastic Music Respawn game music podcast!)

Spotify:

Apple Music:

YouTube: (no subscription required)

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June 2020
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Interview on Music Respawn about Down the Rabbit Hole

I was delighted to return to Kate Remington’s acclaimed Music Respawn show, this time to discuss my score for Cortopia’s VR game Down the Rabbit Hole. With her dual backgrounds in classical music and journalism, Kate makes for a fabulous interviewer.

You can listen to the interview at WSHU’s website, SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify.

I was previously on Music Respawn to talk about my score for Empires Apart. If you’re hungry for more after listening to the above, click here.

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May 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The House and the Descent”

As presented here, this cue from “Down the Rabbit Hole” proceeds in an orderly fashion from start to finish. The in-game experience is quite different. The anonymous adventurer has slipped down a ladder into a seemingly eternal rabbit hole. As she learns to slow her descent, the frenetic music gradually becomes sparser and more gentle.

To create a sense of “falling forever”, I had the music descend down the symmetrical whole tone scale, which, conveniently enough, finishes up exactly where it starts.

If you’d like to see/hear this sequence in context, check out this YouTube video. The music’s pretty soft so you may need to crank the volume.

Or just listen to the music as usual:

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May 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Mirror Realm”

Here’s more music from Cortopia’s recently-released Down the Rabbit Hole. This region of the game is a surreal crystalline ocean, co-existing with an upside-down version of itself.

This atmospheric cue is a departure from the impish neo-Baroque tone of the rest of the score. I had fun adding backwards effects and chords that enter “too early” relative to the predominant harmony.

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May 2020
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Cue of the Week: “The Throne Room”

Here’s more music from Cortopia’s recently-released Down the Rabbit Hole. This cue was originally written for another part of the game, but was deemed too regal for that level’s rustic environment. However, it worked perfectly for a section of the King of Hearts’ castle near the grand finale.

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May 2020
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Coming soon(ish): interview on Music Respawn

Yesterday I was honored to record a chat with the inimitable Kate Remington of the Music Respawn podcast. Kate is an intelligent and deft interviewer, and has an enthusiasm for game music that’s sincere and infectious.

Of course I’ll plug my episode when it airs. In the meantime, take a listen to some of Kate’s other interviews here.

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