I essentially grew up listening to video game music. From the 3-second stingers in Pitfall, to the iconic Super Mario Bros. theme, to anything and everything by Nobuo Uematsu, to say that game music is my primary “genre” of choice would not be inaccurate. Oh sure, I learned to play the drums by watching Bon Jovi videos, and there were those odd high school years where I listened to whatever the kids were into those days, but game music is what I love.
I’m sad to say that in all my years, I’ve never tried to sit down and learn to play or write music. I knew I wanted to make my own games, but I just assumed someone else would write the music. After all, they have the talent… whoever “they” are. But I’ve been studying music for a long time. I enjoy the music I listen to, but oftentimes I’ll just sit, listen, and study the reason why a particular piece of music makes me feel the way I’m feeling.
Cut to January 2010. Shannon and I are working feverishly on Word Monkey, trying to tie up all the loose ends before sending it to the gatekeepers at Apple. One of the last things on the list is to find some music. I had assumed we would just license some music online, but after many days of searching, I just hadn’t found what I was looking for.
Then Shannon, wonderful wife that she is, decided she’d take a stab at making something in GarageBand.