September 2021
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“Dice Legacy” now available for PC, Nintendo Switch

I’m happy to mention that DESTINYbit’s newest game Dice Legacy is now available for PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch! This real-time strategy game balances resource management, exploration and tech development — all in the uniquely beautiful setting of a ringworld.

Dice Legacy won the Most Original Game award at Gamescom 2021, and it’s not hard to see why: in this game the dice are real in-game entities with jobs, abilities, and physical personas.

I had a blast writing music for this game, which combines atmospheric orchestral scoring with solo performances by Simone Vitucci (cello), Mats Wester (nyckelharpa), and Eurielle (vocals).

The soundtrack is currently available as purchasable downloadable content for the game itself. A streaming release will follow in coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

May 2021
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Cue of the Week: “4am”

This one is unusual for me in that it’s all-synth. I refer to it as a dark journey through an alien place. It was closer to a performance than a composition in the traditional sense, in that I rode the pitch-bend wheel to create ongoing modulations. (Or in less fancy terms, the wweeeOOOOWwwwwww effects.) Definitely not something you’re going to whistle on the way to work. 🙂

May 2021
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Cue of the Week: “Alone in the City”

This week’s selection is another cue from the political thriller The F-Zone. More accurately, a medley of two cues for adjacent film scenes which I thought complemented each other well.

The first part puts a moody soprano sax* atop piano and flutes, while the second section is more somber and string-focused.

* Saxophones aren’t legally required to only play jazz!

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Morituri Te Salutant // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
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  2. Emerald, Texas // Highlights
  3. Mythic Battle // Highlights
  4. The Yard Sale // Michael Gordon Shapiro - Highlights
  5. Investigations // Highlights
  6. Home Room // Highlights
  7. Sands of Arabia // Highlights
  8. Spider Cult // Highlights
  9. Poker Night // Highlights