Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Video Game Music - Ludum Dare 40 | Pixel Forest, Dollhouse, & Critters Inc

Well hello there!

It sure has been a minute since my last post. I've been busy recording an Audiobook and setting up some other very exciting projects that'll be happening in 2018 here at The Solar Studio! More to come on all that in a future post.

On to the business at hand!

So, I got some new virtual instrument softwares on Black Friday (I didn't leave the house PS) and got a chance to use them for the Ludum Dare 40 Game Jam!

Pixel Forest (named after the fact) was my first attempt at music for our game. Turned out a little too happy and "foresty" for our game (very grateful to have a team who is honest and will speak up when their BS meter goes in the red), but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy this silly little chippy tune :)





New instructions from the team: Make it more industrial and not so happy.
Me: Otay!!

I should mention that I recently started re-watching the Dollhouse TV series (sooooo gooood), and I think the melody (or at least that minor #7) is part of me now.

This is what came out for my 2nd attempt. Again my team's BS meter started pushing the red. WAY TOO INTENSE! And also too mysterious... When it's not right for the game, it's not right for the game.

So, here is an homage track to the incidental music in Dollhouse (That music was written by Mychael Danna and Rob Simonsen. Hats off to you both. This music is my original composition. Copyright me 2017).




Okay, so new instructions. Can you make it less intense, but still urgent, but also kinda chill, but not too chill because your character is a dude at work rounding up monsters with a leaf blower and you might get your head bitten off at any point...?

We have a winner! 

I present, Critters Inc.



You can play this game here: CLICK ME!


Closing thoughts: Never turn down an opportunity to create music as quickly as possible. And never turn down critical feedback from team members. It just means you get more practice and the final product will be that much better.

Cheers!

Bryan



Friday, October 20, 2017

The "Good" Guys & The "Bad" Guys

I wrote "The 'Good' Guys" and "The 'Bad' Guys" to showcase my writing in a dark, epic, industrial/orchestral hybrid setting. For both of these tracks I have used East West Quantum Leap samples as well as SoniVox Twist & Wobble. I sequenced these using Pro Tools. Enjoy!






Disclaimer: This is original music written by Bryan Schumann. I'm a fan of the game and a composer. This is my homage to CSGO. This is not the original music from CSGO, which was written by Mike Morasky. Hats of to you as well good sir. Cheers!

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Until next time,

Bryan

Friday, August 11, 2017

stardust - Piano Improv

I sat down at the piano today and this is what came out, stardust



Feels great to just play.

Cheers,

Bryan

Monday, July 31, 2017

VENERABLE Podcast | Season 1 Finale & Bonus Meditation Episodes

Very proud to be part of the VENERABLE podcast team. Click the image below to check out the Season 1 finale and bonus episode for a great centering meditation with music by yours truly :)

 VENERABLE Podcast


Looking forward to the upcoming collaboration with Dawn Morningstar in creating an album of guided meditations. Check back soon!

Until then,

Bryan

Saturday, July 29, 2017

LumiNite 2017 | Ambient Electric Guitar Loop Improv Light Show Bike Parade

We're at it again! LumiNite is a Light Show Bike Parade that features improvised music. My specialty here is ambient electric guitar loops and solos. I sit in the back of a bike trailer and get hauled up and down the Minneapolis Greenway. Tons of fun. Audience reaction is 2nd to none! Here is a short clip of my 45 minute set from 07/29/17 as part of the Greenway Glow event.




Here are a couple shots of the rig:




P.S. Reverb under bridges is the best!

Until next time,

Bryan

Monday, May 15, 2017

VENERABLE - Podcast

Podcast lovers! Are you looking for a fresh source of positive inspiration in your life? This is a project I've been collaborating on for the past few months and I'm super excited to share!

VENERABLE celebrates and invites thoughtful awareness, honorable being, and inspired action.

The first 6 episodes are out now and available for download on iTunes. I'd like to specifically invite you to listen to Episode 5 which is a guided meditation to help you manifest positive change in your life and the world around you.

I am endlessly proud to be a part of this podcast as the assistant producer, original music composer, and audio engineer.

venerable: worthy of honor, love, and respect, by virtue of wisdom and experience; profoundly honorable

Download on iTunes


Sunday, February 12, 2017

SpinTunes 12 - Song Writing Contest - Round 2

SpinTunes #12: Round 2 Challenge

Car-aoke - Write a quintessential road trip song.

 

Background info on my song:

While driving to work I often catch myself entertaining the idea of simply not going to work and just continuing to drive to wherever. This song represents the essence and fleeting whimsy of such a daydream. I am the sole performer and audio engineer.

Lyrics:
Can't shake the feeling
I get it every morning
Don't wanna go to work
Today

Instead I'll drive
Toward the horizon
For endless miles and miles
Today

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away
Take me away

Can't shake the feeling
I get every morning
Don't wanna go to work
Today

Instead I'll drive
Toward the horizon
For endless miles and miles
Today

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away

You've always felt more like a home to me anyway...

Open road
Take me away
Open Road
Take me away