After a year in Early Access, honing and fine-tuning the game, For The King is launching on Steam in full on April 19th!To accompany our launch, I’ve carefully assembled the For The King Original Game Soundtrack, 30 tracks and over an hour of music for adventuring across Fahrul’s sprawling countryside, fighting evil and vanquishing chaos. (And, invariably, dying repeatedly.) It’s available for pre-order on Bandcamp now!
Thank you all for supporting me along the way; I’m thrilled to share this with you.
For The King was an absolute joy to work on. Getting the chance to pull inspiration from some of my favorite eras of music history and write a sprawling fantasy score around them was a dream come true. This was also a wonderful opportunity to stretch myself as a performer, and my studio is now cluttered with recorders, flutes, hand drums, dulcimers, and other assorted and sundry ancient and folk instruments as a result.
If you’ve ever wanted to seduce, scheme, blackmail, and backstab your way through the French Revolution, this is your moment.
I’m particularly excited to get the opportunity to embrace the sounds of the period, and to do so with the aid of some truly fantastic musicians. (Andrew Steffen and Andrew Stern of the ETHEReal String Orchestra and the transcendent oboe of Kristin Naigus grace my story trailer score, “So Much More”.)
Please check out the campaign and share it with your friends!
Wherein the fire is the blistering Chicagoland sun. 😉
I had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with J.A. over at ObsoleteGamer about my music, and I mostly appeared intelligent! You can check it out here:
In addition, I had the opportunity to offer some more nuanced takes on my work on Fossil Echo over at Realm of Gaming:
Those of you who follow me on social media know that the cat’s out of the bag now, and I had the pleasure of working with Imagos Films to bring Devolver Digital’s first ever E3 press conference to musical life.
Check out the presser here:
And the score to this wonderful nightmare is here:
It was a blast to be a part of something so fantastic, and I hope you all enjoy/are not permanently scarred from watching it.
As some of you may know, Jeff Swingle and I have been working on a top-secret project for the last few months, and it’s finally time to announce it to the world and open the doors for auditions!
PROJECT ESPER is a fully licensed Musical Theatre/Audio Drama adaptation of the beloved JRPG Final Fantasy VI (or III, if you’re in the US) 😉 being produced in conjunction with the Materia Collective.
Here are a few collaborations between myself and Jeff that informed our vision for the project:
“Ovelia & Delita” (from Final Fantasy: Tactics)
“L’Histoire d’un Mercenaire” (from Final Fantasy: Tactics)
We’re gearing up to launch our Kickstarter (yes, this will be a paid gig once it’s funded!) and, as such, we’re looking for anyone interested in submitting auditions for the multitude of colorful heroes and villains of the Final Fantasy VI universe.
This audition process will focus on Voice Acting and Singing, and is open to EVERYONE, not just members of the Materia Collective. (The only hard and fast requirement is that auditionees need to be able to record their own vocal performances.)
Auditions run until Midnight PST, June 4th.
Please feel free to share this, and good luck!
Project Esper Audition Form:
This took me entirely by surprise. Even now, days later, I find words fail to express how honored and stunned I was when I found out that I was nominated for the ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards for “Video Game Score of the Year” for my Fossil Echo score, alongside a host of my idols, colleagues, and friends. Thank you, everyone, for thinking enough of me and my work to nominate me for this amazing honor.
I’ll do my best to live up to it.
I’d also like to congratulate all of my fellow nominees; every single one of them is an outstanding composer with a brilliantly unique creative voice, and they’re the people that continue to inspire me in my own work. I am humbled and couldn’t be prouder to be included in their number.
The complete nominees for 2016 are:
2016 ASCAP Film Score of the Year
- Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival
- Matthew Margeson – Eddie the Eagle
- Hauschka – Lion
- Lesley Barber – Manchester by the Sea
- Nicholas Britell – Moonlight
- Michael Giacchino – Zootopia
2016 ASCAP TV Composer of the Year
- Jeff Cardoni (The Grinder, Silicon Valley, Speechless)
- Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein (Stranger Things)
- James S. Levine (Bloodline, Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Royal Pains, Star)
- Bear McCreary(Agents of SHIELD, Black Sails, Damien, Outlander, The Walking Dead)
- Dave Porter (Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, Preacher)
- Didier Lean Rachou (Bering Sea Gold, Deadliest Catch, Food Network Star, Gold Rush, Edge of Alaska)
2016 ASCAP Video Game Score of the Year
- Michael Salvatori, Skye Lewin & C. Paul Johnson – Destiny: Rise of Iron
- John Robert Matz – Fossil Echo
- Tom Salta (aka Atlas Plug) & Klayton (aka Celldweller) – Killer Instinct: Season 3
- Neal Acree & Adam Burgess – Overwatch
Thank you, everyone.
Voting is open to all ASCAP members and runs until midnight EST next Sunday, April 16th.
You can vote here:
Yes, at long last, you can play For The King on your PC or Mac right now.
If you’re a fan of co-op (and single-player) roguelike strategy RPG boardgames with Final Fantasy-esque combat, FTL-style encounters, a world packed with lore and mini-adventures, charming art, and renaissance-inspired music, this game might just be for you.
You can purchase it on Steam today for $15
, or drop by our table in the Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East this weekend, give the game a try, and meet the team!
Finally, here’s the score from our EA trailer; based on the initial Kickstarter trailer score, but with live brass (I’m rather proud of it) and a variety of other tweaks and improvements.