Can you post this question to my twitter account (@Awintory) or Like my facebook page and ask it there? It'll be easier for me to answer it.
Above all, use your ears. And I don't mean in a heavily analytical way (though that's very helpful and not to be disregarded), but letting your ears be open to the world. There is so much music out there, awaiting discovery and being receptive is the fundamental job of a composer.
Now, with that in mind, I highly recommend studying the repertoire. As intimately as you can, learn the music which has stood the test of time. Some of it will you love, some of it you won't. Ask yourself WHY in both cases (for example, I love Brahms, though I didn't much as a kid. I don't particularly love Philip Glass. This does not mean Brahms is good and Glass isn't. It only tells me about myself, and specifically me today).
And when I say "repertoire," I include in it not just classical music, but beyond it as well such as Irving Berlin, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Metallica etc etc ... enormous contributors to our culture.
Your ear will guide you. I hope that's a helpful starting point!!
I'm afraid that some logistics had to be sorted for the soundtrack CD but they're being worked out and it's coming soon, I promise! And no it'll be separate from the TGC collector's edition.
We were hoping to have released it already but sometimes things happen. Nothing bad though and it'll be ready really soon!!
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Of course, absolutely! I love working with new people on new projects!!
Can you give us an idea on what your music will sound like for your project on "The Banner Saga?" The game looks amazing, and having you be at the helm for the music makes it icing on the cake. Thanks
I wish I knew! It's so early I can't yet. The next few weeks will make that much clearer! :)
Thanks so much though! I am REALLY excited to be involved!
It's funny you should ask this ... I have many that I love! Reinterpreting some of the classic themes from Final Fantasy, or the LucasArts adventure games would be wonderful.
Also last year I conducted a concert which featured some re-arranged versions I did of 'Baba Yetu,' 'The End Begins,' and 'Cohen's Scherzo No. 7,' which were all great fun.
Hard to say my absolute favorite. Jerry Goldsmith's THE WIND AND THE LION is among my all-time favorite film scores. GRIM FANDANGO is potentially my all-time favorite game score though that's very, very hard.
Currently I don't have any published sheet music for anything from Journey but I am working to change that. Thanks for asking, I'll try to get something for you soon!
Most definitely, though ideally not in the final product (at least as far as emulating live instruments is concerned). But for creating mockups and of course for programming electronics I use libraries. The inevitable follow up question is WHICH libraries, to which I reply 'more or less all of them.' For electronics/synths I tend to design my own; for orchestral mockups I use little bits from all over the place.
My setup is actually pretty un-extraordinary in this regard. :)