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November 2022
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Cue of the Week: “The Dark Entity”

Like many games, Dice Legacy builds to a confrontation with a bad guy – in this case a horizon-spanning demon that’s legitimately scary. Here’s its music.

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

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November 2022
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Cue of the Week: “The Unwelcome Snowfall”

This week’s music is the final winter-themed piece from the Dice Legacy score. Here, the coldest season is evoked by echoing piano and icy string swells. These ethereal elements are counterbalanced by a moody and arching cello melody, courtesy of soloist Simone Vitucci.

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

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November 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Winter’s Toil”

This cue from the Dice Legacy soundtrack evokes the winter phase of the game through a melancholy folk melody. (My ancestral Russian roots may be speaking up here; the clarinet opening is definitely a nod to Tchaikovsky.) 

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

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October 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Frozen Fields”

This cue from the Dice Legacy soundtrack expresses icy winter through sustained strings as well as ethereal vocals. Said vocals come courtesy of recording artist Eurielle, whose fantastic voice is featured on several tracks on the album.

The sole lyric, “peregrinus”, is a Latin term for a non-resident settler, which perfectly describes the game’s protagonists. The lyric is also a nod to Prokofiev’s choral writing for Alexander Nevsky, one of my favorite film scores.

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

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October 2022
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Cue of the Week: “A Trek Through the Ice”

Continuing our tour through the music of the game Dice Legacy, we come to the third of the winter cues. This one is sectional, proceeding from a mournful opening to a mini-scherzo. Solo cello is featured throughout, courtesy of Simone Vitucci. 

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: “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!

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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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