This is my first blog in Lent. Well, that does not pertain too much to my music currently, but it is a season that I look forward - looking at our temporal existence and the fact that everything is temporary and fades away. It is amazing with the amount of fervor we go and try to gather sand that will only blow away. As much as we think that our current condition is forever, it isn't - we spend, comparatively speaking, infinitely more time after death than we do before death. I think that it behooves us to at least contemplate what exists after death and really be sure we are doing all we can to be prepared for death.
Nice way to start the blog ain't it! OK, today (actually last week's) song(s) are some arcade tunes that I worked up for a game designer for a game with dentists. The game is somewhat of a side-scrolling arcade type game where you have to protect the tooth by shooting toothpaste at the bad guys. Well, anyway, I was contracted to make some music for the arcade game. This is something different from the orchestral and folk music that I have been working with the last couple of days.
The song is based, if you have heard you probably guessed, on a fight song for a College football team. Both songs are essentially the same theoretically speaking. The dentist office for which this game was to be made for is for a guy and a girl dentist both from the University of Florida. So, what I did was take the fight song and write music around it. All in all a rather simple composition.
Also, part of the game is the ability to select which dentist you would want to be, Dr. Ray (dude) or Dr. Sarah (duddette). So, in order to give a more masculine/feminine feel to the songs, I played with the timbre of the different voices. For Dr. Ray, I used an electric guitar for the main melody to give a more macho feel to it. For Dr. Sarah, I used a flute for the main melody to soften and give more of a feminine feel. And for all of you that think that this is sexist, I am mainly pulling from historical musical instrument gender tendencies not an imposition of what certain genders should be. Furthermore, I don't care about being politically correct.
OK, that last little bit was weird to say the least. Oh well, I hope that you all enjoy. I should be posting (soon) another track for the folk/medieval gaming soundtrack in the next couple of days. Look out for that.. Also, there is a prospect of me moving soon, so that may interrupt things.
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