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George Oldziey is looking for game music fans from around the world to help fund an orchestral recording of music from Wing Commander.
George Oldziey is looking for game music fans from around the world to help fund an orchestral recording of music from Wing Commander.
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Blast from the Past #3 (They put movies in games?)

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BTW, we passed $9,000 early this morning with 25 days to go!  Great work everybody!

When I was first hired by Origin to score the music for WC 3, I was under the impression that I'd be composing music for gameplay only.  In fact, I was given a very thorough list of cues by audio director Martin Galway and a timeline for completion, so I thought that was all the music I had to compose for the game.  After about 2 months on the job (April 1994) I was attending a regular team meeting in which Chris Roberts had returned from a lengthy visit to LA (reasons unbeknownst to me).  He initiated a discussion on how well the film shoot was going.  I was a bit confused as to why they were talking about "movies" so I leaned over to one of the artists and asked "what are they talking about?  Is this another project?"  He looked at me like I was nuts and said "this is for the interactive movie part of the game".  I said, "oh, who's writing the music for that?"  He again looked startled and said, "you are."  I was both excited and a bit intimidated at the same time.  On the way home that night I picked up a book at the library (no internet yet back then) on film scoring and read it cover to cover.  One week later I had to submit my first music to picture (for the opening sequence of WC3).  Everyone loved it, and I proceeded to get a baptism by fire of writing almost 3 hours of music for the cut scenes in time for the Christmas season ship date!  That was in addition to all the gameplay music.  I tell my students that the real world is so different than being in school, as I'd composed only about 1.5 hours of music for my entire masters' degree!

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      Diane Beckham on February 24, 2014

      I agree with Adam. Your stories are so great, George -- thanks for sharing!

    2. Adam Windisch on February 24, 2014

      I'm really liking these stories of your experiences with the team and creating the music. Keep them coming!