Composer Jeff Ball follows up Tiny Barbarian DX soundtrack and session work on Steven Universe with highly anticipated Metroidvania soundtrack.
SEATTLE – September 25, 2018 – Materia Collective is thrilled to release the Timespinner (Original Game Soundtrack) with music composed by Jeff Ball. Ball–best known for his smash-hit Tiny Barbarian DX soundtrack and for his violin session work on Steven Universe–scores this fast-paced action-packed Metroidvania title featuring a gothic retro sound that harkens back to game music greats like Castlevania and Chrono Cross. The Timespinner (Original Game Soundtrack) is now available in digital and limited edition CD formats:
“Timespinner gave me a great opportunity to spend a few years researching ways to faithfully recreate late 1990s game music,” notes composer Jeff Ball.
“I dug deep into the melodies and harmonies of Michiru Yamane and Yasunori Mitsuda, played a lot of late 1990s era console titles, and researched musical equipment and console technology that was used back then to see how I could incorporate those sounds into a modern music production setup. Near the end of production, I hired Kristin Naigus, Cain German, and Christian Pacaud to add some really amazing instrumental performances, and I can’t thank them enough for adding so much life to the soundtrack. It’s been a super fun journey for me, and I’m very excited to share this videogame nostalgia with everyone.”
The soundtrack sports a massive 57 tracks and listeners will want to pay attention to “Pioneer’s Horizon,” which accompanies the Lake Serene area and incorporates all of the live musicians in one track, “Masquerade of Hedonists,” inspired by the library area of Casltevania: Symphony of the Night and using strings and harpsichord, “Ancient Forest,” drawing inspiration from the Chrono series featuring live guitar and a warm melody, and “Lake Desolation Concept,” an unused track that was a little too funky for the game but is a favorite of Ball’s.
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About Jeff Ball
Jeff Ball is an Alaska-born music composer and violinist in Los Angeles who, after graduating with a bachelors in violin performance from Central Washington University, began his career as a freelance composer and sound designer for games. Jeff has contributed to the realm of videogame audio in many varied capacities, including hardcore chiptune music and audio for Tiny Barbarian DX, arranging music for Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, and performing as a solo violinist on game soundtracks such as League of Legends, Mass Effect 3, Star Citizen, and Moss VR. Jeff is also the primary performing string player for the cartoon Steven Universe, and has composed trailer music used in UK versions of major motion picture releases. Aside from music, Jeff is an advocate for mental health, a supportive member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an avid anime fan.
Learn more: http://www.jeffballmusic.com
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About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.
Learn more: https://www.materiacollective.com
Jonas “O.J” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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