21 June 2022

A long time ago, I was playing around with randomizers in Ableton. I finally decided to take a look at the project again and came up with this fun little song. Something refreshing now that it’s properly summer. :)

I found an old practice project and thought, what if this, but also Xion, and also shoegaze-y metal? And so, this happened. It also happened to be the 20th anniversary of Kingdom Hearts this year, and the summer on top of that, so it’s extra fitting.

This is the second track in my “This Game Does Not Exist” collection, and also the first of my “morning sprints”, where I try to spend an hour in the morning developing some new idea. Of course, the polishing took longer than an hour, but all in all, this is more of a proof-of-concept than what I would call a full-fledged track: A quick idea to get something out there (which is what matters)!

The track features some recordings I had made for some (ultimately unused) SFX for No Splotch Gallery. It also features some sounds made with a borrowed MicroFreak (added later), which I’m looking forward to playing with some more. :)

The vibe is “exploring a spaceship (or perhaps some kind of alien planet) that is supposed to be deserted, and definitely not hearing any footsteps behind you”. The file was (and still is) titled “KajiuraMetroid” while I was working on it; can you see why?

This was orignally meant to be my submission for a course on video game music I took on the side this semester. I ended up getting to do a collaboration with a great dev team and produce music for an actual game, but I didn’t want to abandon this one. So, it gets to be the first entry in my “This Game Does Not Exist” collection of game-inspired but as yet un-play-tested music!

The vibe is “stumbling across a boss of some sort in a Zelda-esque action-adventure game”. Listen below!