Granny Smith from Mediocre Games is out now on AppStore and Google Play!
I composed the music and did the sound design. Got lots of help from Petter Samuelsson (arranging, recording, mixing, piano), John Haglund (drums), Robert Fuchs (upright bass), Gustaf Nilsson Kotte (saxophone) and Petter Herbertsson (harmonica). Granny Smith’s voice is performed by Charlotta Björk. Additional instruments by yours truly.
I had so much fun doing this one! Dennis and Henrik at Mediocre knew quite early on in the process that they wanted a jazz soundtrack for their new game. We started talking about a big band setting. I did some sketches that didn’t quite work out. I then tried a smaller, guitar based sound, but that didn’t fly either. I ended up talking to my good friend Petter Samuelsson who proposed putting together a trio with piano, upright bass and drums. We then added some soloists where needed and it hit the spot!
Dennis and Henrik suggested that I compose music that fit the different settings that Granny explores (countryside, city, factory and eh, well, you’ll see…) while still keeping it within a jazz context. I went for a country blues kind of jazz for the countryside world, with a little bit of harmonica and some non-blues melody lines and chords in the bridge to give it a bit of variation. A stripped down swing sound for the city-world, with a european/bohemia-style melody in the bridge, delightfully performed with a bit of arco playing on the upright bass by Robert Fuchs. For the factory world, I knew almost instantly that I wanted something modal, a bit more mysterious. I added some vibraphone and metal percussion to give it some momentum and industrial feel. As far as the rest of the game goes, I’ll save that for another time…
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Music and Sound design by Douglas Holmquist.