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February 2023
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Cue of the Week: “Gamelan Jam”

This short cue is a genre blend of meditative Eastern percussion and contemporary beats, moving from contemplative to intense and back.

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February 2023
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“House of Lies” score completed!

I’m delighted to have finished the music for the feature thriller House of Lies, directed by Matthew Toronto and produced by (prepare yourself for a hefty list) Artistview Entertainment, Spitfire Cinema, and RcR Cinema.

A suspense-thriller with a touch of hometown romance, House of Lies concerns a widow who discovers that her deceased husband was involved in a web of deception and crime — leaving her to deal with the dangerous consequences.

I wrote a hybrid score, combining contemporary and orchestral elements to reflect mounting tension, and blending in folk sounds to echo the film’s rustic setting. Hear a sneak preview of some of the music!

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January 2023
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Cue of the Week: “Dice Legacy Endgame Megamix”

It’s been a blast sharing my score for Dice Legacy with all of you over the past months, but I’m running out of music. To wrap up the series, I’ve created a medley of the three endgame music cues: outright defeat, the less-optimal good ending, and the truly triumphant ending.

If you’re intrigued by what that means, or just want to see the context for all this music, feel encouraged to check out the game itself! You can also stream the full soundtrack album at any of the usual places.

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January 2023
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Cue of the Week: “Dice Legacy Main Theme (Evil Cult Version)”

Okay, I’m being a little cheeky. The actual affix should be “Corrupted Fates Version”, referring to the DLC expansion of the game Dice Legacy, wherein you get to play the bad guys. But it’s more fun to say Evil Cult, so voici.

This variation of the game got its own darker version of the main theme, replete with mystical chanting and ominous intoning chorus.

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

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December 2022
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Cue of the Week: “No Rest for the Merry”

For this week’s music selection — my frenetic arrangement of a traditional holiday song — I will need to redirect you to Spotify. (Boring music-rights-related explanation omitted.)

I hope that this time of year, however you celebrate or experience it, provides you with good cheer and good memories!

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December 2022
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Cue of the Week: “Dice Legacy Launch Trailer”

Over the past weeks we’ve explored the main body of the Dice Legacy score. But there are a few remaining extras and bonus tracks, such as this bespoke trailer music for the game’s launch. Although this is mostly new music meant to accompany the trailer’s enigmatic voice-over, there is a little hint of the game’s main theme at the very end. (I’m probably the only person who notices these details, but that’s okay.)

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

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December 2022
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Cue of the Week: “The Land in the Sky” (featuring Eurielle)

Every now and then I get to pen a vocal song for one of my scoring projects. When the option arose to do so for Dice Legacy‘s closing credits, I jumped on the opportunity!

The Land in the Sky is a vocal setting (a fancy term for adding voice and lyrics to existing music) of the game’s main theme. The main attraction here is a dazzling vocal performance from recording artist Eurielle, who also provided ambient vocals for some of the score’s instrumental tracks. The song’s style is reminiscent of dramatic musical theater, or contemporary art-song.

The lyrics reflect the perspective of the game’s protagonistic settlers. Since they inhabit the inside of a ring world, they literally see the land stretch upwards in the distance.

This collaboration was a rare and fulfilling artistic experience. I hope you enjoy the results!

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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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