Future Dance Land: An Electronic Tribute to Diddy Kong Racing

One of the great things about working on Materia Collective arrangement albums is that there are plenty of opportunities to try something new in terms of genre or collaboration. Electronic Dance Music, commonly just called EDM, is not a style that I usually write in. So when this latest EDM project was proposed, I jumped on board.

Future Dance Land is an EDM themed arrangement album of music from the hit Nintendo 64 game Diddy Kong Racing. Because EDM contains a wide spectrum of genres and sub-genres, there was plenty of room on this album for a variety of stylistically different interpretations of David Wise’s score.

For Future Dance Land I covered the track “Boulder Canyon.” My original plan was to do a Trip-hop reinterpretation of the track, significantly slowing down the tempo to create something drastically different from the source material. However, during the writing process it became a more atmospheric downtempo remix, than anything that could be considered specifically Trip-Hop. It wasn’t what I set out to do originally, but I like how this arrangement came out in the end.

 

There are some wonderful arrangements on this album from a great group of remixers and artists. There’s also a ton of variety present, despite the album’s concept being limited to the EDM genre. You can check out the full Future Dance Land album on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Google Play.

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Brain + Brawn (Original Game Soundtrack)

I’m happy to announce that my soundtrack to the game Brain + Brawn is finally out. Brain + Brawn is a space themed puzzle game by developer Spork Games that was released earlier this year for the iPhone and iPad. In addition to creating the sound effects for the game, I wrote a few pieces of music for the game.

 

Because there are only two backing tracks written for the game, a main menu theme and the main game theme, I wanted to add some extra music for anyone buying the album. As a result, the two main tracks each have a piano arrangement counterpart.

 

The Brain + Brawn OST has been released through Materia Collective, a game music label which I’ve worked with before on a number of game music arrangement albums. The label has been publishing original soundtracks in addition to their amazing arrange albums, so I’m delighted to have my original music included among their other releases. If you haven’t listened to the other albums they’ve published, you should definitely take time to look through their catalogue.

In addition to the album, there is digital sheet music available for the Brain + Brawn piano arrangements “Robot Lullaby” and “A Puzzling Ship” on Sheet Music Plus. A big thanks to Sebastian Wolff for the music engraving to help get the sheet music ready for publishing.

Working on and releasing this album was a lot of fun and I hope people enjoy listening to it. You can find the full Brain + Brawn OST on Bandcamp and Google Play. Versions of the album containing just the in-game tracks can also be found on Spotify and Amazon.