In celebration of the nomination of our in-house mod, The Forgotten, into Phase II of the Mod of the Year contest--as an international award-winning mod featuring the first HD cinematics and full campaign in C&C modding, we appreciate your vote--we're releasing the second in our The Making of The Forgotten series, as well as the complete, much-praised soundtrack to the mod. This time, we're showcasing an article by Jeffrey Holley, the composer for the mod, on the process of composing The Forgotten's theme song. It's a must-read for anyone interested in music, game development, or the intersection between the two. Here's a snippet:
We knew we wanted to have a recurring piano theme throughout the song and when deciding what it should sound like, I thought I would take "The Forgotten" name of the mod literally and convert it to something that had a sad feeling. After a while, I didn't want the song all depressing, so I decided to make it a little more "We won't be forgotten," which is of course one of The Forgotten's rallying cries. The piano was the first section I worked on. Since I think major chords have a happy feel, minor chords would have a sad feel. If I could get a nice melody going, I would have an idea of what I want the rest of the song to sound like and potentially what instruments to use. The piano ended up having a mid-velocity sound, which is not too loud but not to soft and some nice reveerb to make it sound a little more eerie.