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A Reggae Adventure!

November 6, 2014

I was roaming the far reaches of Facebook one day, and stumbled across a pre-release version of Oded Sharon's Kickstarter video for Bolt Riley.

Bolt Riley is a 2D point-and-click adventure game, jam packed with reggae music. Need I say more? :)
I was instantly fascinated with the project, and just knew I had to be part of it!

 

I really, really love 2D adventure games!
From the early King's Quest games as a kid, to Simon the Sorcerer, Secret of Monkey Island and Discworld as a young adult, I just love this genre to bits :)

My first impression with the Kickstarter video was that such a beautifully drawn game, with such a great story and so much effort and heart put into it... should also have a great score!
Alas, the original KS video was made using library music, that didn't really match the visuals as well as it could.

So I reached out to Oded, and though we only had two or three days until the campaign went live, I offered to replace the soundtrack with original music.
At the end of the day we had three pieces ready to go in the video!

 

The first, and probably my favorite was "Find your Inspiration".

 

The idea behind this piece is quite simple - in the game, Bolt Riley wants to be a reggae musician, but can't afford instruments - so part of his quest is to make them.

I decided to make reggae music using alternative versions of the usual instruments - replacing the guitar with a ukulele, the keyboards with a melodica, drums with bongos and body percussion, and the brass section with an 8 channel kazoo section!
This was a ton of fun to make :)

Next, I decided to make a Monkey Island inspired piece, "Caribbean Sun" - familiar reggae sound with a Caribbean twist!

 

Last but not least, I felt the campaign video needs an upbeat Caribbean jam, for the part when Oded presents the rewards!
This ended up being "The Old Man's Radio".

 

This last piece also features drums by Jeff Willet, whom readers of my blog should know well by now :)

While the first campaign wasn't funded, Bolt's adventure was far from over - and a few months later in a much shorter campaign, it was funded successfully!
I am looking forward to scoring this project, I plan to bring together an 8 piece reggae band for it, and I just know it's going to be great!

As always - thanks for listening, stay tuned :)

 - Omri Lahav

 

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