Here’s a quick piece of music that I composed for Mark Hayes’ short animation Taking It For A Spin.
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I wanted to create a sense of speed and excitement for the car so it seemed logical to write a piece of rock-inspired music. I had a listen to Mutato Musika’s Crash Team Racing soundtrack; the combination of drums, the organ and the rock bass guitar seemed perfect for setting the scene to a quirky race, so I took inspiration from this instrumentation.
I was surprised to see Nobuo Uematsu’s name come up as I was researching racing game music! Despite being a huge fan of his RPG work I’ve never really heard his music for other games, and as expected his score for Rad Racer is marvellous; very upbeat and uplifting, which is what I wanted to inject my composition with. I used the retro-sounding synth’ for good measure :)
I checked out various other soundtracks to racing games because, to me, the animation had that video game-y feel to it due to the CG. Some of my influences were:
- Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA - Barry Leitch
- F-Zero - Yumiko Kameya, Naoto Ishida
- Sonic R - Richard Jacques
- Nicktoons Racing - Chris Jojo
- Rad Racer - Nobuo Uematsu
- Crash Team Racing - Mutato Muzika
The starting point for my composition was actually the 3..2..1.., which I just had to do in the traditional game-like way! At the end of the piece I decided to create a ‘game over’ feel, and also bring the music to a sudden crash to reflect the car’s crash.
I also wanted to set myself the task of composing a piece of music in a very short amount of time, something I am still practising. I spent one hour researching, an hour drafting some ideas and a couple of hours composing and mixing. It’s very simple but I think it turned out ok, I’m pleased with the results and I think Mark was too!
Don’t forget to check out Mark’s YouTube channel where you can watch his other animations:
Hope you enjoy his animations and my score :)