In addition to my original music writing, I’ve created arrangements of music from video games. These have primarily been through a group called the Materia Collective, which specializes in producing game music arrangement albums. Below are tracks that I’ve contributed on Materia Collective’s more recent releases.
This first track is part of the Multiplayer III: Waves charity album. The album features water themed game music arrangements from several members of the game music remix community. All profits from the album go to the charity water.org.
“Submerged” is a piece composed by Tommy Tallarico for the 1994 game Earthworm Jim. The original track acts as the background music for the game’s underwater levels “Down The Tubes” and “Tube Race.” For this arrangement I wanted to create something that would build on the original’s catchy rock grooves, but still contained the sense of foreboding that the music created in the original game.
The next two arrangements are from Zodiac: Final Fantasy Tactics Remixed. The album covers music by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata from the soundtrack to the original Final Fantasy Tactics game.
“Antipyretic” is one of the many battle themes from Final Fantasy Tactics. The contrasting sections in Hitoshi Sakimoto’s original piece made it a perfect candidate for a piano arrangement in my mind. Much of this arrangement’s inspiration came from the official Final Fantasy Piano Collections albums and the later Piano Opera albums. It was a fun challenge to create my take on a battle piece from the Final Fantasy Tactics soundtrack.
“Requiem” is one of the more tranquil tracks of the Final Fantasy Tactics soundtrack. I wanted to create something incredibly relaxing and ambient, while still maintaining the somber tone of the original piece. I ended up creating an arrangement that combines electronic and acoustic elements for a hybrid soundscape.
In July of 2017, Materia Collective released TESSERACT: An Acoustic FEZ Album. As the name suggests, the album covers the music of the hit indie game FEZ, written by Rich “Disasterpeace” Vreeland.
“Progress” is one of my favorite tracks from FEZ and I thought it would be fun to recreate the minimalist piece with a variety of solo acoustic instruments. While most of the instruments play repeating patterns, the featured soloists are given the more melodic phrases. Special thanks to John Robert Matz (trumpet) and Yishan Mai (flute) for providing their talents for the track.
Another album I worked on as part of Materia Collective was a double album SPIRA: Music of Final Fantasy X. The two albums were released as Zanarkand Mix and Besaid Mix and cover the music written by Nobuo Uematsu, Junya Nakano, and Masashi Hamauzu for the game Final Fantasy X.
“Movement Green” was an interesting track to rework, primarily because the original piece is itself an arrangement of the Zanarkand theme. If it’s not already obvious from the arrangement, I’m a big fan of the music of Joe Hisaishi, particularly his work with Studio Ghibli. I created this arrangement with a heavy dose of inspiration from his more minimalist work on scores like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
“Besaid” is one of my favorite tracks from the Final Fantasy X OST. Both the original and remastered versions of the piece have a wonderful ambient vibe. For this track, I went slightly out of my comfort zone and made an arrangement that primarily uses synthesizers and electronic drum beats. Creating an electronic ambient track of “Besaid” was a fun challenge and I’m quite pleased with how this arrangement came out.
I’ll be adding more arrangement tracks to this page as they are released. You can also look up my contributions to the Materia Collective albums on my Materia artist page.