This is a guest post by Magnus PÁ¥lsson, aka Souleye, who composed VVVVVV’s soundtrack!
Hello there all friendly gamers!
First I’d like to say… Terry is a monster. But more on that later.
This blogpost entry is by me, Magnus, aka SoulEye. I asked if I could talk a little about me, VVVVVV, and the music, since there’s been some questions about it. Terry being the gentle soul he is accepted so here we go!
I’ve been making computer music since the 1980’s. It became really fun with the advent of the Amiga computer. I’m very much game influenced in my music style. I love the retro games and the music that come with it and the feeling explorable within. I’ve tried a lot of genres but think that retro game music is the most enjoyable to make.
Although… It’s not always as well received by those not well versed in oldschool retro games… You know the kind. The kind that says “Theme from Wizball? Which movie was that?” when I bring up old geniuses. When I proudly announced that I have chatted with Rob Hubbard about game music, they looked at me dumbfoundedly and shook their heads in disbelief, not that I hadn’t done it, but rather that they can’t believe one can be more inclined to have anything more to do with this kind of music than hitting the off button.
But not so in the internet’s indie community! You kind folks have like me an unbridled passion for retro games, music and creativity. When I started posting songs online I never knew I’d one day be making music for games that could have been rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mega Man 2 or Mario brothers, had they only been released back then.
Which brings me to how I came to do the soundtrack for VVVVVV. I was fiddling away with my chiptunes and the more people I talked to about it, the more requests came in for game music. At one time I assisted a game development school with music for their graduating student’s exam projects, so there was always something to do.
Cutting a long story short, I came across IndieGameMusic.com and posted some tunes there. Charlie from Charliesgames.com asked to use a tune for his game Space Phallus, which then later Terry played, and approached me with an offer to make tunes for his new game… A weird platformer… What’s this, I thought. Boy was I in for a surprise.
Like you, I checked out Terry’s portfolio of games and was amazed at the depth that came with the games, even though they were small and short. My personal favorite became Don’t Look Back because of the chilling “untold” story. That’s when I knew I wanted to make this lad something special musicwise. Though I had only a little to work from, I got an idea and went with it. I wanted to make uptempo happy songs that would ingrain themselves into your minds whether you want to or not, hopefully so much so that you’d go humming on them when not playing, and making you want to come back to the game even more.
Did Terry and I succeed in creating that unconscious craving to return to playing VVVVVV when you aren’t? You’ll know soon enough, the game is out the tenth… I’m as excited as you are – I haven’t played that awesome-looking super gravitron either!
Damn that Terry. Making me wait for that, he’s such a monster… Oh right, this was his blog, I forgot. *Cough* What I meant to say is… Terry is a nice fella! Give him all your money!
Okay? We good? Okay. Phew.
Chevy Ray asked for it, and I deliver… A VVVVVV Haiku!
even snowflakes awaiten
Thanks, Magnus! I just want to add he’s planning to sell the game’s soundtrack separately for $4 on his own site for anyone who wants it. If you like his music, consider supporting him this Sunday too! He’s put together this preview track of the songs from the game: