© 2019 by David J. Michalak.

Video Game Music

Making music for video games is a fun an unique challenge.

Below are some examples of my music for video games.

I love making music for games.  If you'd like to work together, please drop me a line.

 Rex McFury: Public Defender 

April 2018, Ludum Dare 41:

 

The amazing Dave M (Minibobbo) and I built this game in just 2 days! 

 

Dave did all classic 8-bit visual arts and game programming.

 

I did all the music, voice acting, and sound effects in my home studio.  I wanted to start with a classic 8-bit sound and slowly build in more modern sounds: guitar, drum kit, and orchestral elements

- Music: ProTools using various plug-ins and live electric guitars

- Voice-overs: BlueBird mic, then down-sampled/processed with ProTools

- Sound FX: Bfxr for custom 8-bit sounds: hits, jumps, explosions...

*NOTE: the tracks loop in the game, so they end abruptly here.

Direct link to game (Works on Firefox, sound issues on Chrome): 

Link to the game site on Ludum Dare 41 website:

The great Dave M and his art!

Some sound-related comments from players:

- "The music was groovin, and I liked the gritty synthesized sound effects."

- "The graphics and sound design give this game a real sense of personality."

- "I love the graphics and the voice acting."

- "The retro aesthetics are awesome, especially with the bit-crunched voice clips, and the entire concept is hilarious."

- "Dave did some awesome voice work and I think it is some of the funnier parts of the game."

Lessons Learned:

- The lengths of the musical tracks that I made are much longer than the typical game play (or cut-scene reading) time.  It's helpful to understand the typical time lengths are so you can scope out a good musical arc within that time.  Here, the music hasn't even started to properly build before you either die or kill the opponent.

- There was too much bit-crushing on the vocals.  While they sounded intelligible on their own, once behind the game music it was hard for people to understand them.

- Implement separate sounds for when attacks hit vs. miss an opponent.

- This was my first foray into chip-tune music, 8-bit sound FX generation, and video game music making!  So it required quite some learning curve! Given the timeline of 2-days, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.

Helpful links while doing this project:

- The 8-bit Guy is awesome!  The following link on old-school game music/sound helped me understand how typical arrangement worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_3d1x2VPxk

- I used anode8's instruction on using the 'Vacuum" plug-in to synthesize an NES-style sound that I used in the "Normal Battle" track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UNuqYFP-pM

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