This is Eiko Ishiwata Nichols, the composer for Earthlock. She would like to share with you a little insight into how she creates her music. In these candid photos, she is working on a piece in our new musical style for the game. During the early days of development, we were still experimenting with musical ideas but we've finally come up with a solid direction that we believe works for Earthlock.
GENERAL MUSIC DIRECTION
For Earthlock, we want the music to support the beautiful visuals by selecting instruments that evoke colorful imagery. Earthlock has themes of wisdom, energy, technology, romance, fantasy with an earthy tone. I'm planning to combine synths (energy), sound design (technology), traditional orchestral instruments (romance), and traditional ritual instruments (earthy tone). I have married those elements together with something reminiscent of simple and memorable old-school RPG melodies. The combination will result in a unique and original sound that will set Earthlock apart.
THE OVERWORLD THEME
The world of Umbra stopped revolving which resulted in exaggerated majestic terrains. I tried to create dimension and space in the Overworld music that reflected that reality on Umbra. The Overworld theme is intended to play during the warm and sunny terrains. I constructed a slightly lonely (to reflect post-apocalyptic depopulation), simple yet catchy melody that's familiar to SNES RPG games. The main groove is played with traditional ritual instruments to mimic the terrain and to add drive while referencing the loss of the past civilization. I've played a lot with the echos. I've kept the repetitive instruments close while having sparser instruments distant by adding heavy echo to emphasize the vastness of the world. The main vocal is saturated with echo to make it sound as if it's sung in the distance off of a tall cliff.
Hopefully we can hit our 180,000 goal so the score can be acoustically recorded. If you'd like to hear samples of my acoustic work, I've been working on acoustic Final Fantasy covers.
You can hear the Final Fantasy Acoustic Rendition album
as well as the OST for The Girl and The Robot, another kickstarter game I have been working on
Thank you all for reading and I can't wait to create more music for you all!
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