Hello hello! Last week I reported on a project that we were working on to add a musical accent to our HI logo animation. I’m proud to announce its completion, and have managed to attain a bit of insight on the process from our own resident sound engineer, James. Here’s what he had to say:
In order to create the music for our animated logo, I started off by trying to think of what feelings our games invoked in me. I thought of mystery, adventure, danger, excitement, and fun. From there, I tried to imagine what each of these feelings might sound like, if it were in fact a sound, rather than a feeling. I thought of other sounds and songs I’ve heard that also remind me of these feelings as well. When I had a few ideas in my head that I was happy with, I started to play around on the piano with some of these concepts, trying to encourage the melodies to grow and develop.
To actually record the songs, I used a MIDI controller (which is basically just a piano keyboard that plugs into your computer) and a music software program called Reason. I selected the different instruments I wanted to use, and one by one, recorded their parts separately. Once I had these tracks completed, I added them all together and turned the whole thing into an MP3 with a program called GoldWave.
I made 5 or 6 little songs total so that our marketing team would have a variety of songs to choose from. I sent them all off and they took a listen. They told me what they liked about each one, and a few changes they’d like me to try out. After they had chosen a version of the song they liked most, I touched it up a little and sent the new version to our artists so they could make an animation for it.
Pretty awesome! Thanks for the information James! And now for those of you at home, you can check out the finished product below! We hope you enjoy it.
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