Huh?! What's up with the cute critters? If you know anything about
my music then you realize this is the total opposite of my norm. Compassion, camaraderie, confidence, generosity, and love were not overly abundant in my
home as a child. I had to find these traits later in life. This is why my music
is always so... "unstable". When a game developer asked if I'd be interested
in making some music for a mobile game I immediately said "Yes, but
I may not be your best choice of a composer". But somehow, he heard
something in my music that he felt would translate well to what would
soon become "Edward's Forest". Typically, when I create a song it just kind of
evolves from one interesting mangled note that just sounds cool to me. In the
case of "A Small Journey" I took a very different approach. After speaking
with Brandon about the motivation behind this game it became clear that he
is just pouring out his love in a tribute to his Father; "Edward". And so, for
several days I didn't play a single note. Instead, I stared at one crude.
frame of concept art & tried to "feel" what Brandon was feeling.
A SMALL JOURNEY
Since this is really a tribute to Edward Manning I felt that he should
literally be a part of this song. I asked Brandon if he had a few seconds of
recorded audio with his father's voice He ended up sending me what
was closer to two hours! Who has this much audio of their Dad??
Oh yeah, a son who was loved. Within one minute, I found the words
Love" and "Home". In the process of this album, I made several virtual
instruments from these two words and they are scattered throughout.
Some instruments sound like guitars or pianos & others more like processed
robotic vocal emulations. But still, I felt something was missing. I wanted
the entire album to be filled with & surrounded by, these two words
without it sounding forced or distracting. It dawned on me that the one
sound that could be constant would not be an instrument but rather
a natural ambiance; the wind. Throughout the entire album, there
is a constant, subtle, evolving wind which swirls & pans around filling
every moment... this wind is, of course, the voice of Edward Manning.