Talisman: Digital Edition soundtrack

The complete Talisman: Digital Edition soundtrack is now available from my Soundcloud page. Enjoy!

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Scoring Central

I don’t know how many of you have noticed the “Forum” link up top. It’s been there for almost a couple of months now but I didn’t want to post about it officially unitl things were properly under way.

Anyway, Scoring Central is a new indie composer’s forum where you can discuss everything related to virtual orchestration and working with DAW’s and samples, post your music (and get feeback on it, if desired), and generally rub shoulders with like-minded individuals. Everyone’s welcome, whether complete noob or seasoned pro. The forum is quite active despite the relatively small number of users, and we’ve been having a lot of interesting and educational discussions so far.

If that alone hasn’t convinced you to join, I might also mention that I’m frequently sharing new and experimental samples on the forum that you won’t find anywhere else. So if you want to stay up to date on any additions to SSO as well as other releases, registering (or at least keeping an eye on the forum) might be a good idea.

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New article: Let the samples dictate the music

When your idea isn’t working out because of the nature of the samples you have… maybe it’s time to rethink the idea rather than feel frustrated with your samples?

Enjoy!

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Netbook orchestra!

Being a sick and twisted person I actually enjoy some amount of limitations in my musical tools. Limitations can be frustrating, no doubt about it, but they can also be inspiring and, for me, strangely liberating. I’m a tinkerer if there ever was one and anything that forces me to keep things simple and get things done — instead of spending hours and days exploring endless possibilites — is a good thing. I’m guessing this helps explain why I’m still using decades-old sample libraries on an ageing quad core machine and don’t even have the decency of apologizing for it.

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Site theme updated

I have updated the site’s theme a bit. Hit Ctrl+F5 to clear the cache and reload if you can’t see any difference.

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The sample quality myth Pt 4: The human factor

Took a bit longer than anticipated, but the fourth and final installment of The sample quality myth article series is now up. It’s called The human factor and deals with both desirable and undesirable human elements in our sample-based compositions.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions!

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Choosing a Reverb article updated

I have done a bit of housekeeping on the Choosing a Reverb article, adding Sanford Reverb to the list of recommended freeware reverbs and removing Ambience from it. I have also updated the description of Eos as I now own it and have some experience with using it.

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy is out!

Talisman: The Horus Heresy is now released! The soundtrack is also available for purchase via Steam.

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Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Talisman: The Horus Heresy

It’s now official. The soundtrack project I’ve been working on the latest months is none other than a title set in Games Workshop’s classic Warhammer 40,000 universe, namely:

Talisman: The Horus Heresy

Developed by Nomad Games and using the Talisman ruleset, THH retells the tale of the pivotal galactic civil war that took place 10,000 years prior to the WH40k game setting.

The game is scheduled for release in February 2016.

Please note: the trailer music is not mine.

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Lego Heroica — Late to the party as usual

I’ve been a big fan of fantasy board games for ages, and I’ve been looking for some good way of getting my six year-old daughter interested in this magical pastime. Sure, there are plenty of board games for children but let’s face it: if you’ve been playing more advanced stuff for decades, even the “regular” board games for adults will bore you to tears in just a few turns (Monopoly? Seriously?). So, most of the stuff aimed at kids feels completely pointless. I’ve been looking for a game that we both can enjoy and get into.

Sadly, there aren’t a lot of fantasy games for younger kids. I’ve been recommended a few titles — Mice and Mystics, for example — which look like a lot of fun, but are maybe slightly too complex for a six year-old. In a couple of years, yeah, but not right now.

I have some old Lord of the Rings board game with pretty straightforward rules that we’ve been playing from time to time for over a year. Only problem is… it’s not really a lot of fun. The whole premise is somewhat odd and we’ve ended up having to alter so much of the rules that we might as well play some entirely different game instead.

Then a few weeks back I realized that the answer had been there right in front of me the entire time.

Heroica

My daughter’s crazy about Lego. And to be honest, so am I. During a visit to a local thrift shop I picked up a copy of Lego Heroica Draida Bay, and the first time we played it was a real eureka! moment. It’s a simplistic fantasy dungeon crawler, made with Lego. And we had a great time playing it. It instantly met every requirement I had!

Ironically, I’ve seen these games in various toy shops over the last years but I’ve always dismissed them because, well, they didn’t look that great and were kind of expensive. And now that we’ve discovered them… they’re not being sold anymore. Figures.

They’re still available on the used market, thankfully, and we’ve managed to get hold of Waldurk Forest as well. I’m keeping an eye out for the other titles. Castle Fortaan looks awesome!

To anyone else looking to introduce their kids to the wonders of fantasy board games — you should really give the Heroica games a try. Yes, the rules are dead simple but it’s easy to expand upon them. Battle Heroica — basically an RPG/strategy variant of the rules — is by far the most fun, where one player controls a party of heroes and the other the monsters. My daughter always wants to control the monsters, and usually kicks my butt with much glee. I think I see a GM in the making there…

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