Video Game Music News Roundup and Interview with DJDM

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Posted November 6, 2010 - By Rick Damigella

Gamescom 2010: Call of Duty: Black Ops Hands-On Preview

From Call of Duty: Black Ops to Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood to Comic Jumper, this was a big week for news from the video game music world.  We’ve got all that plus an interview with DJ Drunken Master about music he did for a Kinect launch title and a hook up for you on a killer deal for a killer game soundtrack.  Just press play, or rather, Read More.  It’s right there.  Press it!

Activision announced this week that it is releasing an OST for the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops.  The 30 track album will be a digital-only release, available from finer digital download retailers on Tuesday.  The score was composed by Sean Murray, who makes his second tour of music duty for the COD franchise, following COD: World at War.  This is welcome news from Activision, especially considering their game music we are previewing for you tomorrow.  More on that later.

Jesper Kyd’s soundtrack for Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is available now for pre-order from Amazon.  If you are familiar with the music Kyd created for the previous AC games, then you know this will be an album you will want to hear.  The Feed will have a review of the Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood album soon.

If you like free music, of the completely legal kind, the twisted people at Twisted Pixel are giving away the soundtrack to Comic Jumper for free.  No strings.  Go get it.

Video Games Live has announced 42 (we see what you did there) brand new concert dates.  If you haven’t seen a VGL performance it really is a fantastic show, with orchestras recreating your favorite game music as part of a multi-sensory live experience.  The tour rolls across the Midwest this month and performs tonight in Chicago, so if you are in the Windy City, check it out!

The extremely talented DJ Drunken Master was kind enough to give us a rundown on the music he did for the just-released Kinect Joy Ride.  We’ll let him tell you about it:

DJDM: In 2009 I landed the opportunity to work on an unnamed cart racer by then independent studio BigPark.  I had just wrapped up work on Forza 3 and a producer thought of me for Joyride.  I worked on an original piece of interactive music for one level and they licensed one piece of music. I thought that I was done.  Then some months later I got a call letting me know that that they liked my work but that the game had changed shape and they needed more music.  I was hired to do three new pieces with sort of a 70s Cop / Game Show flavor.  It was a fun challenge as I don’t get to dust off the funky chops all that often.

Kinect Joy Ride

DJDM: To get that sound I focused on using classic gear like Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos, Hammond organs, old school synthesizers and lots of tape saturation emulation to recreate analog warmth.  The orchestral elements sound like they were on a soundstage and I tended to use smaller sections and soloists to mimic a small production orchestra.  There was also standard waka waka guitar, lots of hand percussion, electric bass and drum kits that were recorded using vintage mics to enhance the dirty 70s flavor.  I had a chance to play through it recently and I have to say the music is key to enhancing the excitement of the game.  Good composition and quality sound design are hallmarks of a great gaming experience and I think that is especially true in a remarkably interactive environment like you have with Kinect games.

If you aren’t Kinect’d yet, you can listen to a bit of DJDM’s music from Joy Ride, right here

And here is a killer deal going on all weekend.  Anamanaguchi’s ridiculously awesome soundtrack to Scott Pilgrim vs.  The World: The Game is on sale at Amazon for only $3.99.  That’s 24 pieces of criminally underappreciated chiptune punk from the downloadable game.  Seriously gamers, if you only ever buy two game soundtracks, make this one of them.

That’s the news from the VGM world for this week.  Check back with The Feed tomorrow, because we will have a preview of Richard Jacques’ score for the just released 007 Blood Stone.  Now, since we wrote this with The Black Mages set to 11, let us know in the comments what game music you are currently spinning.

Video Game Music News Roundup and Interview with DJDM


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