Sunday, January 29, 2017

SpinTunes 12 - Song Writing Contest - Round 1

I joined a songwriting contest!

SpinTunes #12: Round 1 Challenge

Party Mix - Write a song from the point of view of someone who just won or lost an election.  It could be a recent election, one from the past, or even a fictional one.  It doesn't even have to be political.



Background Info on my Song:

I've been watching a lot of the show Reign lately which got me thinking about how (in a way) kings are "elected" to rule by a system that society created long before they were born. It also made me think about how when a king takes the throne it means that his parents (or at least his father) had to have recently died which makes it also a very sad time, but he must do what needs to be done regardless.

I had a ton of fun with this challenge; I used an a-symmetric song design to keep the drama very linear. I'm the sole performer on this track and also did the engineering, mixing, and mastering.

Lyrics:

Taken by death too soon
My father lies in his tomb
Cold and at peace in her shroud
I'll do my mother proud

Coursing through my veins
Is a liquid made to reign
Destine to rule from birth
A godsend to this Earth

Royal blood lives in me
Royal blood lives in me
Royal blood lives in me
But royal blood ain't all that turns a man into a king!

Royal blood don't make a leader
Won't make you strong
Can't guide your conscience
To right from wrong
But in this country's hour of need
I'll be exactly who you need me to be

I'll be your king
I'll be your king
I'll be your king
I'll be your king

With royal blood
This royal blood
My royal blood

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Global Game Jam 2017 - GlitchCraft - Circuit Breakers & Super Sumo Ball

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with two great teams on a couple video games as part of the 48 hour Global Game Jam. Over 70,000 people participate in the jam each year in over 90 different countries at 700+ jam sites around the world. Our jam site, GlitchCraft, made 31 games this year, all of which can be downloaded for free here:

http://globalgamejam.org/2017/jam-sites/gamecraft-university-minnesota-twin-cities-2017/games

Here is the music I created over the weekend.

Circuit Breakers:
Tesla and Edison square off to see who's version of the Tesla coil is stronger. Head to Head Puzzle action!



Super Sumo Ball:
You're a sumo, trapped in a giant hamster ball! Knock the ball out of the stage to score points. Make sure to be the last one to get a hit though, as someone else can steal your points!

Enjoy!

Hope to see you again soon,

Bryan