Composer John Robert Matz wanted to record as many live instruments as he could for the score to Fossil Echo. Recorders, a dulcimer, a kalimba (also called the mbira, or thumb piano) and other lovely sounds float in and out of the chill music. He and I spoke about a year and a half ago about this game, and he’s added a lot of music since that chat.
We also talked about two of John Robert’s other projects: Song Cycle: The History of Video Games, a new collection of art songs based on game themes, released on November 4th. John Robert arranged one piece and sang on several others. And he’s written music for a new turn-based RPG called For the King.
Our Patron of the Week is Dani Barstad. Dani is a beast of a drummer and the majority of the music he chose demonstrates his love of changing up the beat. He’s also a composer, arranger, and a good friend. Here’s his list of favorite video game music; we talked about the first two: