I decided to pursue being a composer when I realized that I wouldn’t be happy just playing other people’s music for the rest of my life; I wanted to create my own. That said, if you follow me on Twitter, you may have heard me mention that I’ve been missing just sitting at the piano and messing around, going through my old music books and/or learning to play whatever new thing is stuck in my head. (And if you don’t follow me on Twitter yet, there’s a little button at the bottom right of this page that I think you should have a conversation with. What could that “T” stand for? Treasure? Or maybe Ted Bundy? I guess you’ll just have to click it to find out; the danger makes it fun!)

Then my wife had the brilliant idea that I just “write a piece for solo piano so you can spend time playing your instrument and stop complaining about it, stupid” and here we are. Plus it fits; there are plenty of instances of solo instruments being given the spotlight in video game soundtracks, usually at a poignant or emotional moment.

Ok, so most of them are from Japanese RPGs, but that’s nothing new.

Many things are exclusive to Japan.

At first I wanted to add a bit of light percussion or some woodwinds to this, but eventually I decided against it. What you hear below is a simple audio recording of me playing my piano, filtered for noise and overload spikes, and that’s it. I imagine this piece being played when you first discover some important location in an RPG or adventure game, but somewhere peaceful and without combat. As usual, I’d love to know what you think of it, good or bad, so let me know below if you’re so inclined!

The Caverns of Lost Thought