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Soundtrack, GameDev, Indie, Phantogram, Jettomero
Two weeks ago I released the Jettomero OST - it's one of my favourite sets of music I've ever recorded. It's inspired quite a lot of by Boards of Canada, as well as as Phantogram, in addition to many more subtle influences. I ended up writing/recording each song in a single session each - usually around 4-5 hours, which I find is one of the only ways that I can work on music these days. The overall tone of the album is down-tempo and spacey, a little dark at times but more uplifting in other parts. As a soundtrack for the game I think it captures all the feelings I'm trying to go for.

I used mostly the Korg Minilogue for my sounds but also included a good amount of guitars running through synth effects and delay. It took me at least 3 false starts to finally get this soundtrack figured out but once I got rolling with the first track the rest just kind of followed. Really enjoyed the whole process.

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Jettomero, by Gabriel Koenig - Embedly
2 2 276 November 2016

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captain avatar
Listening now. The BOC sound is quite strong, which is a great thing! It's pretty interesting to read a little about your method.

I especially like the thought of doing a track in a finite amount of time (ie, less than a day). Did you find that it felt rushed or it just happened that way quite naturally? Did the process flow / snowball quite quickly once you had a track or two done?
ghosttime avatar
Yeah, I spent several months trying to record tracks and got about 20 done before landing on my final sounds. Definitely snowballed after I got the first few down on disk.

I used to spend days and days working out tracks but then a few years ago I decided to challenge myself and do a song a day to raise money for the foodbank. I managed to record 12 days straight and that album ended up being my favourite thing I had recorded to date at the time. Some tracks were much better than others but it was really stimulating creatively.

Since then I've found that generally if I can't figure out a track in a single session then it's probably not worth coming back to. When I land on something I like then it kind of all pours out at once. It never feels like a rush because I give myself lots of time to work, but after 5 hours of working on a track I do feel surprisingly exhausted. I have really enjoyed that process since finding it.

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