Last night, at several people’s urging, I posted the soundtrack album to Life Flashes By online. I had a lot of fun making the game’s music this time around, particularly since this is the first time I’ve done a soundtrack using mostly real instruments. It’s not a professional-quality recording, by any means — the only gear I have to work with is a Blue Snowball mic and GarageBand — but given the general low-budget indie nature of the entire game, I think it’s fitting.
Anyway, yes, in case you’re wondering, all the music on this album is performed by myself, under the name “Squinky & the Squinkettes”, which is the new moniker for all my solo musical acts, the rationale being, of course, that no one I know would ever want to be in a band called “Squinky & the Squinkettes”.  The instruments that make at least one appearance are an archtop guitar, a euphonium,  a cornet  occasionally played with mutes, a bass guitar, a MIDI keyboard, a didgeridoo, a kazoo, and my voice. I’m most proud of “Rejection Song”, since it’s the first time I’ve actually done an honest to goodness full-length song for a game, as opposed to short little themes that loop, but I’m also quite proud of “Persian Tea & Baklava”, which was done in the style of a chain-smoking Turkish singer I’ve performed with on occasion,  as well as “Thirteen Eight”, which is what I came up with when I challenged myself to write a piece in 13/8 time.
Finally, since at least one person asked for it, I’ve also put up a credits page, so folks won’t have to go through the trouble of playing the game over again to see who worked on it. Hopefully, I’ve spelled everyone’s name correctly.
- This could, of course, change if I ever perform my original music live and enlist other people to play with me. If they don’t run away in terror, that is. ↩
- A euphonium is a miniature tuba that plays in the trombone range. ↩
- A cornet is basically a slightly rounder trumpet. ↩
- Sadly, since I myself am not a smoker, my voice is about an octave higher than hers would be. ↩
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the soundtrack this morning. Most musical experience I’ve had all day so far (lost my mojo again). I think you did a wonderful job, and I particularly enjoyed the more song-like compositions. I really liked 13/8.
Thanks, Lee. Glad you enjoyed it.
You should get someone to help you make some music video for Squinky and the Squinkettes with heavy use of split screen, costumes, wigs and makeup effects.
Ahaha. I’d so be up for that.
Now, that’s not true. I remember a reply on Twitter from someone who said he/she wouldn’t mind being in a band called that, and that goes for me as well. It’s a silly title, but I wouldn’t mind having it.