Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New Lara tune available in Spotify and Itunes!

It's 11/12/13 and the new Lara tune "Undertow" has been released. Check it out on Spotify and buy it on Itunes, it's not that expensive. :)

Photo by Petteri Vilkin



Monday, December 2, 2013

Oceanhorn epilogue

As some of you know, the adventure game Oceanhorn by Cornfox & Brothers has been released recently and the reception has been just amazing! It's a great privilege to appear on the same soundtrack with legendary composers Nobue Uematsu and Kenji Ito. I spent two years composing music for the game and I thought I'd share some thoughts about the process.

Thank you!

The first thing I want to do is thank the people involved. The whole process has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life. Heikki Repo, the designer of the game is one of the most creative people I've ever met and it was fantastic to work with him. We've known each other for about 15 years or more, so that helps with the communication of course, but still the whole process was very effortless and rewarding and a big thanks for that goes to Heikki and his ability to express what he wants very clearly. And maybe we also shared a similar vision about what the soundtrack should sound like.

I also want to thank the amazing musicians that helped me make the music come alive. When working with mostly midi-instruments the input of one or two great musicians can have a tremendous impact on the final result. So here are the guys who helped me out:

Päivi Hirvonen

Päivi is a dear friend of mine and an amazing musician. She's responsible for the violins on the Oceanhorn-tunes. The whole midi-orchestra came alive instantly as we recorded her violin on the tracks. You should check out her solo-stuff, it's fantastic:

Lauri Sallinen

If you've heard some amazing clarinet or bass clarinet -stuff on the Oceanhorn-tracks, that's Lauri. It was so easy to work with him. I just sung how I wanted him to interpret the melodies once and he picked up on it instantly. He has the skill set of a classical musician and the flexibility of a folk musician, I love it! Check out his arrangements of finnish tango classics, they are pure genius:

About the future

I'm exited about the fact that there has been discussion about the release of Oceanhorn-soundtrack. I feel that the soundtrack for the game is something special and I'm glad that the guys at Cornfox share my feelings. I hope I can say something certain about this soon.

Also there's been talk about a sequel for Oceanhorn. I hope to be a part of that production also. I'll keep you guys informed.

Here's a list of the tracks I composed for Oceanhorn so you can try to spot them in the game. I must admit that I haven't finished the game myself yet so I'm not sure if a couple of the tracks ever made it to the game.

Adventure Is About To Begin
Hero's Journey
Cosy Town
Sky Island
Gillfolk's Theme
Casual Cave
Father's Flute
Battle Theme
Forest Shrine
Frozen Palace
Intense Cave
Life Under A Curse
Mini Boss
Menu (I'm not sure if this one ever made it to the game)

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