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Here is an awesome rock song plus music video about Overgrowth courtesy of the awesome Jonathan Lewis. Check it out in HD here!

Posted by jeffr on Mar 31st, 2010

This is a guest post from Jonathan Lewis. He is a talented musician and an accomplished satirical video game song-writer. His most well known piece is probably the Half-Life themed "G-Man's Last Breath" which was featured on Kotaku. However, today it is my pleasure to present to you an awesome original tune he put together for our very own ninja rabbit fighter Overgrowth. I did my best to accent it with concept art and screenshots so be sure to check it out in HD.

Jonathan Lewis' awesome Overgrowth song


Below are a few words Jonathan was kind enough to share with us about how he became interested in music and how his awesome Overgrowth song came to be.

The Beginnings

The creative process is a really tricky thing, but one of the most rewarding in my life. I began writing music to impress girls. I'm sure this is a sterotype by now, but I can seriously remember writing little songs and poems for my crushes in elementary school. I think this tends to be a common story because people use creativity for things they are passionate about. I wrote humorous songs in high school and college mainly to entartain friends and girls, and it didn't really turn into anything formal (or "work" as some call it) until I decided to take my love for writing music online.

The Blog

Right out of college I decided to start a blog in which I wrote and recorded a new song for a different friend each week and post it online. After 5 months and 17 songs, what started as a fun experiement turned into an important learning experience for me. Suddenly I was aware that I was capable of writing and recording entire songs in quick progression. I started learning the ins and outs of actually producing music, which is so much different from writing, and I realized that I really enjoyed the whole process.

I then challenged myself to write, record and release a new 5-song EP every 3 months. This was hard, but took me into the world of music distribution, social media and Creative Commons, not to mention the actual music part. The results are on my website for all to enjoy.

Music in Video Games

I've always been an avid gamer and intenstly interested in the musical possibilities that games provide. For anyone who has played Splosion Man on XBLA, I'm sure you can remember the first time you picked up a fat scientist only to find the music dramatically change to "Everybody Loves Donuts". This is a great example of what's possible in games, and only scratches the surface of ways we can incoporate music into the experience.

I started making different contacts along the way and decided to apply my musical abilities to an industry I love. One thing led to another and I began receiving opportunities to write music for interesting video game titles. I'll never forget the contacts I've made along the way. This is partly why I always do my best to respond to emails and questions. I always respond because I wish everyone would have responded to me.

The Overgrowth Song

Overgrowth was a really fun project for me as the Wolfire team already had a great sense of humor. At the beginning of any creative project there is always the Discovery Phase in which I immerse myself into the world in which I am writing. Overgrowth was easy to get lost in given the huge amount of material available; from concept art, to the fantastic music by Mikko Tarmia, to the web comic and more.

Writing the Overgrowth song actually happened pretty quickly. This happens to me a lot. I'll spend 20 minutes writing 90% of a song, then 2 hours finishing it. The recording and mixing stage is where I spent most of my time on the project. I really love watching great projects come together like what Wolfire is doing with Overgrowth, and can't wait to actually sit down and wield some ninja rabbit action.


Thanks again Jonathan. This is unbelievably cool. If any game developers out there are looking for a credit song or a great way to add some humor to their game they should defintely contact him. What do you guys think -- did he beat the Overgrowth Rap?



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~DJ~
~DJ~ Mar 31 2010, 3:14am says:

Awesome, and a nice song lol!

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Ethako
Ethako Mar 31 2010, 3:18am says:

Really sweet song =D. Also awesome.

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AaronLewis
AaronLewis Mar 31 2010, 3:35am says:

Lol, my Dads Name is Jonathan Lewis, Glad to see he shares a name with an awesome Musician. Lol I Share my name with an awesome musician too, Im Aaron Lewis (Same Name as Staind frontman)

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Durzan
Durzan Mar 31 2010, 4:38am says:

Overgrowth Rock Song > Overgrowth Rap Song

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bikkebakke
bikkebakke Mar 31 2010, 5:19am says:

haha great. I hope someone animates the whale :D

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Assaultman67
Assaultman67 Mar 31 2010, 7:00pm replied:

Actually someone already has (it was someone with a preorder beta though) ... whale man did an awesome moonwalk :P ...

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Draconamon
Draconamon Mar 31 2010, 5:42am says:

nice^^

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OTPIdARP
OTPIdARP Mar 31 2010, 7:45am says:

Well, the song is super cool, but the video fails, only screenshots added to a video doesn't give the actual effect of the game. Still, the song covers all of problems.

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Epic_Duck
Epic_Duck Mar 31 2010, 7:46am says:

sweeeeeet nice song
i lold at the whale

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] Mar 31 2010, 9:51am says:

Lol i really love this game. Awesome Song i would love a rap song :D.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson Mar 31 2010, 10:14am says:

Haha, great song dude.

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Bon.
Bon. Mar 31 2010, 10:18am says:

haha brilliant.

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Barnaby/Pizzaroma
Barnaby/Pizzaroma Mar 31 2010, 11:29am says:

I preferred the rap song. These songs are definitely great PR, though, that most people don't even think twice about.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum Mar 31 2010, 1:41pm says:

I can't believe you guys have the time to make such and awesome game and all these ridiculous videos. Nice job!

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lordegern
lordegern Mar 31 2010, 2:44pm says:

Lol that really made me laugh! Great job Jonathan!

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Nebcake
Nebcake Mar 31 2010, 6:43pm says:

Hurray for new songs!

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hushpuppy
hushpuppy Mar 31 2010, 7:15pm says:

HAHA love it!

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Anddos
Anddos Mar 31 2010, 8:36pm says:

duke nukem forever will be out before this

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Neok
Neok Apr 1 2010, 10:03am says:

spirit of the whale!

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Replic_nl
Replic_nl Apr 1 2010, 2:01pm says:

ok, rabbits, rats, dogs, cats with hands and feets, thats nice,

But a whale?

But i love the song! and the graphics:D

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