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 A few tips I found to help you describe the game
  1.  A guess of what year the game could have come out on (it's not useful to say "when I was a kid" if we don't know how old you are)
  2.  A guess of what platform the game is on (even if you don't remember what console, at least say it wasn't on PC, and guess the generation)
  3.  What genre the game is in (again, even if you don't know exactly, you can probably rule some out or be broad like "action")
  4.  If you or others or general public thought the game was any good, how good/bad/colorful were the graphics, music, etc
  5.  Who the intended audience of the game is (kids, casual gamers, movie franchise fans, etc)  
  

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1st Draft of Laggers

I saw this youtube video a while ago and thought I would write something to it. If anyone knows a free program for syncing audio files to video files please let me know.
 

   
 Here is the track it hasn't been mixed very well yet and still needs some work doing to it. 
 
  
 
The 2nd draft will be synced to the video above and hopefully you will get a better idea of what is going on. 
 
As always any feedback would be great.
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Game music which has inspired me.

Music is very important to me when I play games. One of my dreams is to be as good as these composers and write music for games some day. 
  
Harry Gregson Williams I don't know how you do it:  

   
The production on the Wipeout HD soundtracks are incredible and fit with the game perfectly:
    
   
I get major Nostalgia and shivers down my spine when I listen to the Final Fantasy soundtracks. Nobuo Uematsu is the master at creating beautiful melodies that will never leave you. There are so many good examples I just had to pick one at random:   
    
     
Ok I can't just pick one. The orchestration in this is awesome and I love the blatant steal from Beauty and the Beast at 0:48:
      
   
 Mario Kart and CTR have nothing on Speed Freaks it will always be my favourite kart racer. The music was so happy and full of life, it just makes me smile: 
    

 SSX3 is the only snowboarding game you need to play. EA is so good at putting playlists together for their games: 
    
   
The Medal of Honor Franchise has some very memorable classical music. I will never forget this haunting piece of music from Allied Assault on the first section of The Day of the Tiger:
    
   
I'm bored of modern FPS bring back Timesplitters:
      
    
This track is so simple but very effective. 
  
    
That's all for now.    
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Getting into composing music for games

This is something I have only thought seriously about fairly recently. After watching Hamst3r's Giantbomb Community Song I was inspired to get back into composing which I haven't done since uni. I have mainly rewritten music for section of films such as the matrix and Kung Fu Panda which I might add to this blog at some point. The first step is to build a portfolio of music this time for games so I can use it to show indie developers what kind of things I can do. Also I need alot of practice so having this goal will keep me going I think. My mate knows some Indie developers which live around where I live so after I have got some music together I will use that link as my next step. 
 
My first project is the Mirrors Edge Trailer. I loved playing the game and listening to the ambient soundtrack so I intend to try and recreate that kind of sound and feel the composer gives to the game. I currently have written the underlining rhythm, airy drone sounds for the section before the fight and today i'm going to add some repeating patterns to give it more of a pulse.
 
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The second is one of Joehands0me videos of BFBC2. I love the way he edits his videos and puts them together with a soundtrack. I chose this particular one because its short and I need practice syncing lots of musical hit points(gunfire,explosions etc) to video. Once i'm happy with this project I might move on to one of his longer COD videos which I suggest you check out.  
 
Here is the original:
 
  
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