Diary: Global Game Jam 2017

Content
1. Introduction
2. Fat Hand Volleyball
3. This Game Blows
4. The Royal Wave
5. Pictures
6. Links to the games

1. Introduction
This weekend I had the privilege of participating in the Global Game Jam 2017 (Hosted by Microsoft). I met up with talented people in the industry and wrote interesting music for a few games. Here follows three extracts:

2. Fat Hand Volleyball
This track was written during my final hour at GGJ. There are small details I would like to have polished, but considering it was composed and rendered within an hour I am very pleased. I drew inspiration from Escape from Monkey Island, especially from Outside the Booty Showcase (below).

3. This Game Blows
This game blows – a cloud [literally]! I used inspiration from Escape from Monkey Island again, this time from the House of Sticks. My composition is more ‘cartoonish’ though.

4. The Royal Wave
Geoff Burrows (former editor of NAG magazine) asked me to write ‘demented’ music for this game. Since it involves ‘the Queen’, I originally planned to include songs such as Rule Britannia and God save the Queen. Realising that such quotations could be disruptive, I instead quoted the Overture from Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Creating ‘demented’ dissonance was problematic; after thinning out the orchestration (for a smaller chamber orchestra), I used split root notes and split thirds. But split chords sounded out of place. Finally, I edited the intonation of the trumpet as if it was poorly played!

5. Pictures

With Mark Delano

Geoff Burrows, Duncan Bell, and I

 With Laban Le Fleur

With Pierre Du Plessis
Selfie at Microsoft
Writing music
6. Links to the games