As I’ve mentioned before, one of the great things about Twitter is that it’s given me the opportunity to get to know a lot of other composers. One of those is Ryan Davies, who’s done amazing work for a number of games. Plus he lives in Wales, which automatically makes you cool.
Anyway, on his website, he posted a challenge; what can you create in 30 minutes? He even posted his own creation, and it’s one of the craziest things I’ve heard in a while. It rules. He basically composed the soundtrack to LSD. But the good part, I mean. You know, before the trip goes bad.
So since this whole Microjam project is supposed by be about me writing short pieces quickly, I thought I’d give it a shot. And you know what? I really liked it. Usually, I spend more time than I should just figuring out what I want the melodies to be, what synths or samples I want to use and how I should tweak their perameters. But this week, once the clock started, I didn’t have time for any of that. I immediatly went for a chiptune aesthetic and got to work. Fiddled around for maybe 20 seconds and punched in the first scraps of a melody I could think of. Then I ran through and basically wrote out the core of the song; all the main melodic parts and the primary bass, so that I could rush back afterward and add pieces around it in what time I had left.
In the end, I didn’t manage to quite finish what I was going for, but I got pretty close, and in way less time than it normally takes me! So in the interest of transparency, I’ve included both versions of the song below; the one that took literally 30 minutes, and the final version that includes all the parts and arranging I didn’t quite have time for. Watch your volume level though; the 30 minute version isn’t mixed or mastered yet, so the “final” cut will be a bit louder.
All in all, I think this was a great idea, and I would like to repeat Mr. Davies’ challenge to anyone else out there. Artists, writers, musicians, chefs, whatever. What can you make in 30 minutes? Let me know below!
You can find Ryan Davies on his website (linked above) or on Twitter at @rynde