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A Journey to (Game) Music Making

I remember one day when I was still in college, I am sitting next to my friend on a commuter train that goes to our university. He is a musician and a person that broaden my musical knowledge. I still remember when he asked me to listen to a particular record. “I know you will like it!”, he said. I was mesmerized by the song the first time I heard it and I still do whenever I listen to it. It was Pat Metheny’s ‘Last Train Home‘.

I said to him,”You know, I often have music in myself that is unique but I just don’t know how to write it into a musical piece.” He just laughed at me,”Really? It could just be your imagination. C’ mon!” I became quiet after that, and begin to doubt myself. How can a person like me without any musical training write music? For a long time, I forget about this ‘urge’ to unleashed the music within me. But all kind of tunes have always been playing inside my head from time to time, creating a unique music when I’m sad, happy, melancholy or fleeting in a moment.

I listen to all kind of music since I was a little kid. I still remember the tunes of Engelbert Humperdinck, Nat King Cole, Paul Anka, Daniel Sahuleka, Earth Wind and Fire, Benyamin Sueb, Bing Slamet, and others that were introduced by my parents. When I was in Junior High, I have a friend who introduce me to the Beatles, Queen and Elvis Presley. For me the best band in the world is Queen, and it still is until now.

But one day, I heard a music from the television that beat all others that I have listened before. Actually before, I didn’t understand this kind of music and always feeling sleepy whenever I listen to it. The music suddenly just struck my heart and I feel a new sensation poured into my deepest conscience. It was Beethoven (as stated in the TV)  but I didn’t know which piece. The next day, I asked my mother to buy me a couple of classical music recordings. Luckily on that day she also needs to go to a shop that is near to a music shop. As fate would have it, one of the two cassettes that my mother bought contain the music that has ‘awakened‘ something inside me the day before. It was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 ‘Pastoral‘. The other cassette contains Mozart’s Flute Concerto.

For me, the ‘cream of the crop’ of my musical preference are Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. For me nothing beats their music, and it still are up until now. Actually the music inside me started to sprawl and to grow after I listen to an extensive classical music recording libraries. I also listen to Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Listz, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Puccini, Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka, Ravel, Berlioz, Debussy, Saint-Saëns, and many others. Since I also listen to blues, jazz, swing, soul to pop, rock, dance and techno, the range of the ‘music’ inside of me are actually quite diverse.

Since now I know how to make music using the aid of modern software and technology, I am very happy. I am still learning to make a more complex composition. Most of the time my song composition only uses 2 or 3 tracks. Up until know I have produced many short pieces for my game music. The one down there (previous post) called ‘Melancholy‘ is one of them. I plan to release all my future game music in this website for you to freely listen to it. I hope you will like it!

P.S. The musician friend in the story above now support and believe in my (amateurish) musical capability. I hope I can make him proud!