010 IVGM – A Shell In The Pit, Narwhal (Tower): Rogue Legacy

InsideVGM-150In this episode, I talk with Vancouver composer/sound designer Gordon McGladdery, also known as A Shell In The Pit, about his song Narwhal (Tower) from the Rogue Legacy soundtrack.

In my interview with Gordon McGladdery, we cover the following:

  • His musical background, including learning sound design at the Vancouver Film School. He spends about half his time on sound design and half on music
  • Gordon writes music for Destin Sandlin on the YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay
  • He likes LA Scoring Strings (LASS) for strings, the Cine- libraries like CineHarp and Kontakt for percussion
  • A Shell In The PitRogue Legacy is a genealogical Rogue-lite where you play as a series of knights. Narwhal plays and loops when you are in the tower. Gordon talked about techniques for making looping songs now sound repetitive
  • We go through the form. In the “A” section, Gordon layers a lot of guitar tracks, including left- and right-channel parts making the guitars sound wide.
  • The “B” section uses an old-school chip synthesizer sound. His method of making chip sounds has changed since working on this soundtrack
  • I then play Narwhal (Tower)
  • Gordon talked about the history of getting the music and then the sound design job for Rogue Legacy and bringing on Judson Cowan (who goes by Tettix) to write half the music.
  • He talked a little about sound design and how good sound effects have their own beats
  • Gordon talked about how the implementation of game audio is a lot easier when he can use the middleware tools for dynamic mixing and effects processing.
  • He is the co-host of the podcast Beards, Cats And Indie Game Audio with Matthew Marteinsson
  • Some of Gordon’s favorite games are Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, The Long Dark, and going back Super Mario Bros, the Hitman franchise and the Mass Effect franchise

You can find Gordon McGladdery at ashellinthepit.com or on Twitter @AShellinthePit.

Is there a game composer you’d like to hear from? Let me know and I will reach out to them for an interview. Email tom@insidevgm.com or tweet at me on Twitter @TomSnively.

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  • Rob
    Posted February 16, 2017 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Hello! This was the first episode that I listened to and I loved it, the content was fun and educational for me. You now have a new subscriber!

    • Posted February 21, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

      Thanks! You’ll have to go through the back catalog because I don’t have any plans for any new episodes.


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