As a musician, you start out by learning and conquering a musical style. You spend countless hours practicing and you make that style your soul purpose. As musicians, we all start that way and a lot of us continue with the goal of being the best in that certain style.
I started out that way, as well. But throughout my career, I found that heading off in different musical directions was both challenging and inspiring. Buying a new piece of gear can shed a new light and excitement on your musical experience. But shifting into a musical style that you have never attempted before can do the same thing.
When I started as a full-time composer and sound designer in the game industry, I was forced out of my musical comfort zones. Each game had its own direction and requirements. As I started to accept those challenges, I also started to really enjoy the diversity.
It was then that I realized how important it was to be able to compose in a wide variety of styles if I wanted to continue being a professional composer. Despite some success with various games, change was inevitable and I needed to widen the palette of music that I had to offer.
In my current full-time gig as composer/sound designer at IGT, I get to apply that diversity all the time. The games are distributed around the world and many are market-attuned to address regional customs. The video below contains clips from several IGT games I’ve scored, with a wide range of styles including electronic, cartoons, orchestral, South American, African, Chinese and Island. All of them are written to satisfy the requirements of being in a casino environment, but each has its own style.
What is surprising is how many games have been embraced around the world, not just in the targeted region and for the specific style of the music. It only goes to show that music is a universal language and can translate to a positive experience for anyone.