Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pirates of the Burning Sea : New Dev Log

Those swashbucklers over at Flying Labs Software have released a new Dev Log. This one talks to Adam Gubman and Jeff Kurtenacker, contributing composers for the game. The pair discuss the making of the music for the upcoming pirate-themed MMOG.

As usual, the feature is too long to print here in its entirety. Follow the link below to read it all.

The Music of the Burning Sea!

Pirates of the Burning Sea is a world rich with visual appeal, from ship to shore, ArtCo has done an amazing job creating spectacular spaces for our players to explore. While glittering ocean waters and distinctive port towns are all critical components of our game, there is nothing like the power of music to provide that immersive experience our community craves.

Adam Gubman and Jeff Kurtenacker (pictured above from left to right) are contributing composers to the Pirates of the Burning Sea soundtrack. During our visit to Gen Con So Cal, I had a chance to sit down and chat with them about their contributions to our game world and this is what they had to say.

Ae: How long have you two been composing together?

Adam: Pirates of the Burning Sea was our first 'real' game scoring experience. Jeff and I have been friends for quite some time, and have both scored a variety of projects, but we hadn't worked together until Pirates of the Burning Sea. It's been an incredible experience!

Ae: So tell me, are you gamers that compose, or composers that play games?

Adam: My two big passions are games and music, in no particular order. I love games, and adore game music! On a week when I don't have a project, I've been known to pull 30 plus hours gaming...ever since I was six and fell in love with the score to 'Space Harrier' on my Sega Master System, I knew game music was my calling. I learned everything I could about the process, and got my BM in Music Composition, to fill in the gaps. I still, however, attribute my understanding of scoring and composition to all the games I played (and still play!) as a kid. I was probably the only 7 year old I knew in the 80's who's favorite song was the Super Mario bros. theme song. How nerdy is that?!?!

Read the whole log here.

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