• Virtual reality composer

    Today I was invited by Jesper, creator of ZeGame, to join testing of the game on the HTC Vive. The virtual reality goggle is still in development by HTC/Valve and only a few game developers have gotten themselves a prototype. I was stunned when I first experienced the digital world after putting on the glasses. After you put on the headphones there is no connection with the ‘real’ world anymore. We started with ZeGame that had an excellent control system. I was able to walk around the digital blocks now. The view of the puzzles were so much more clear this way. It’s already clear on the phones and tablets, but it just gave this experience of being there now! Also swiping on the z-axis was able without rotating the camera, but just to ‘touch’ the blocks and swipe them towards yourself. The environments were also stunning, and I frequently stopped playing to enjoy the world above and around me. The excellent sounddesign of Selle really helped me to be in this unreal underwater world full of whales and ZeGame blocks 🙂

    The reason for my visit was to check the finished music I composed for the game, but I ended up playing with the goggles for a very long time. Such a great experience! This video shows me, being totally not in the ‘real world’ enjoying the ZeGame underwater world.

  • Watch ‘The Wild Wild West’

    Exactly one year ago I started the music production of ‘The Wild Wild West’. It’s a promo short-film for the Nederlands Film Academy. You can see a lot of filmgenres, therefor the music needed to be written in different styles. I wrote +/- 15 cues for a total of 14 minutes film. An important message of each scene was the specific feeling I wanted to give to it. For instance; the western scene. Cliche’s are motivated, so I had the option to go with an Ennio Morricone string-ensemble. Instead of this, I took a key feature of western movies: the harmonica (played by Antonio Molina Moya) , and made it quite cliche, but suspenseful. To adjust this feeling, I added percussion instruments, but underneath it a very deep layer of thick synthesizer pads. Not really Westernish, but because the high speed and the lower threshold of acceptence in this movie, the audience is able to accept strange sounds more easily; a classic cliche combined with a modern instrument to increase the feeling of suspense. Thanks to all the amazing musicians that played the score of this movie:

    Clarinet: Marco Danesi Harmonica: Antonio Molina Moya Sopraan: Luc Ket Sax: Federico Pascucci Trumpet: Mark Nieuwenhuis Trombone: Salvoandrea Lucifora Drums: Tristan Renfrow + Tom Rutgers Basgitaar: Adriano Matcovich Guitar: Mirko Montaldi Add. brass: Felix Rehault Voc: Daniel Cornelissen – Tijn Sikken – Jeffery Heuvel – Julia Notenboom – Jamille van Wijngaarden – Emeline Bakker Add. brass productie: Samuel Hébert Productie Piano: Feau Voc Production: Paul Nieuwenhuijsen Strings: Naree Park