aivi & surasshu are composing for the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe, created by the amazing Rebecca Sugar! We’ve been scoring music behind the scenes and we’re thrilled to share the first video that includes our music with everybody.
Rebecca Sugar’s work as a storyboard artist and songwriter on Adventure Time is fantastic, and we instantly fell in love with Steven Universe and its diverse characters. The music that we’ve been writing for the show draws inspiration from both classical and pop genres, synth and acoustic sounds, and of course, what the two of us are best at: videogame music!
The show premieres November 4th on Cartoon Network. It’s amazing and we hope you’ll enjoy it!
aivi & surasshu – Nucleus / “The Black Box” full comic out now
The wonderful Diana Jakobsson has completed her companion comic to The Black Box! You can read the full comic on our website. To celebrate, we’re sharing each song from our album with some of our thoughts while we were composing.
“Nucleus” and “Exosphere” are the sunrise and sunset of The Black Box, the opening and closing tracks. We split the two songs between us, each composing our own variation on the same melody. “Nucleus” opens up with twinkling notes on solo piano, while “Exosphere” closes out with fading notes on solo chiptune. In between those two moments, the piano and chiptune collide and embark on their journey through The Black Box.
“Nucleus” was a learning experience for us! Even within the 1:21 minute span of the song, we coordinated between the piano and chiptune in 3 different ways: first, Aivi played piano freely and blindly “locked” into surasshu’s tempo. (If you try to set the opening solo piano part to a metronome, it won’t sync up!) After “locking,” the piano followed the chiptune’s tempo, including the first ritardando. Finally, at the end, surasshu’s chiptune was programmed to follow the piano’s ritardando.
We wanted our “intro” and “outro” to stand out as individual songs. So we gave them a pair of opposite, but unique names:
- Nucleus: the core of an atom (positively charged, energetic);
- Exosphere: the outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere (cool and peaceful).
Two piano sketches (one recent, one old!)
Beloved – Short piece for an animation by Gurachi Phoenix, a talented artist I met in a cafe.
My Tomodachi, Gazer – This is a silly song that I wrote about Gazer, while playing the first public build of Cryamore. At the time, Ryan and Brandon hadn’t programmed him to attack yet, so he would just waddle around and follow me like a best friend. But someday, I know he will fire laser beams out of his mouth and destroy me.
I hope you enjoy this little piano story about love, friendship, and BETRAYAL
aivi & surasshu – The Emerald Sea (Anodyne Remix)
This remix is part of the Anodyne Remix Album, which can be found on Game Music Bundle 5. Original song by seagaia and artwork by Jonathan Kittaka (the game’s two creators)!
In other news, Soul Saga’s kickstarter campaign was FULLY FUNDED! We took in over 300% of our original goal, and I had a great time hanging out on our Twitch stream during the final hours. Thank you all, we couldn’t have done it without you!
“Home Above the Clouds” from Soul Saga
My first song from Soul Saga, an RPG currently in development. Support the game’s kickstarter here – we have 5 days left to go!
It’s been a really exciting time for me, working on Cryamore, Soul Saga, and other secret projects! That also means that my plate is full at the moment, and I won’t be able to start any new projects until summer or fall 2014. If you’re interested in collaborating, please keep that in mind!
“Main Street” from Animal Crossing: New Leaf
I am so crazy about this game! This is a quick recording of my own interpretation of the “Main Street” theme from New Leaf. (Download the MP3 here.)
Sometimes the characters in the game refer to Main Street as the “shopping district” so I accidentally gave it that title in the actual video. Oops! Hope you enjoy!
Soul Saga Kickstarter!
Soul Saga, a new RPG that I’ll be composing music for, just launched its Kickstarter campaign last Saturday. Terry Chandler wrote the amazing theme song, and I scored the orchestral half of the pitch video!