Wow, that year sure flew by. I guess I really am getting older. Faster. It was a huge year for me and for a lot of people… filled with some really high highs and really low lows. Mountains and valleys ya’ll. Grateful to be along for the ride though. Here’s what’s going on in my composing world and what I’m looking forward to next year.
So, if you’ve been to my page at all, you’ve probably noticed that I wrote the music for this little indie game that could, Owlboy. We released it last month on Nov. 1st and have been blown away by the reception from the critics and fans. Right now is a great time to grab the game as it’s 20 percent off on STEAM! Or if you’re just not into the gaming thing, go buy the OST on Bandcamp!
Heart Forth, Alicia
Still working on HFA with Alonso Martin. I’m getting close to having all the music complete. And then I’ll be adding in live instrument overdubs just as I did with Owlboy. I recently played through the first part of the game again and it is really shaping up to be something special. I can’t wait to share this one with you all.
Cook, Serve, Delicious 2
Also getting close to completion with the sequel to the wildly popular Cook, Serve, Delicious. I actually haven’t played any of this one yet, but I am SOOoooo excited to! The first one was a blast, and the soundtrack has been so much fun to work on.
The Art Song Cycle
This is a project I started back in December 2013. I wrote a song for voice and piano trio based on Walt Whitman’s poem, “A Noiseless, Patient Spider” and it turned out wonderfully. I decided to write an entire art song cycle based on different poems by Whitman, Frost, Rimbaud and others. The original goal was to write it over the course of 2014 and have it done by the end of that year… but… you know… LIFE. So I’ve got 6 or 7 pieces done and now I want to reignite the fire. This is definitely a passion project, but I’m excited to focus on finishing it this year and get a recording done!
It’s finally here! Owlboy is now available on STEAM (CLICK HERE). And the full 68 track OST is available on Bandcamp (CLICK HERE). It’s been a long journey to get to this day and it still feels a little surreal, but I’m so happy that we made it. Reviews of the game and the soundtrack have been extremely positive and glowing. Just in case you need any convincing, the game is currently at 91 on Metacritic. Here are a few quotes about the music:
Jim Sterling (read the review HERE)
“It would be wrong of me to not mention that soundtrack again – every piece of simply inspiring, a beautifully arranged orchestral selection that nails the mood of each scene. Exploring the central world is a joy thanks in no small part to the amazing music accompanying it.”
Brent Ables from Kill Screen (read the review HERE)
“This joy is aptly captured in Jonathan Geer’s soaring score, which puts most other videogame soundtracks in recent memory to shame. This is genuine composition: there are no pseudo-nostalgic synth reveries or lazy ambient drones filling time here. Just listen to the game’s theme—buoyant, boundless piano arpeggios fall into one another as warm strings and French horns paint a vivid picture of this blooming world. Even when Geer integrates chip music in the theme for Otus’s home town of Vellie, he is able to string together a marvelous contrapuntal dance from the simplest of components, mirroring the game’s own contemporization of the 2D platformer.”
Patrick Hancock from Destructoid (read the review HERE)
“And the music! Oh gosh, the music. If there’s a version of Owlboy that comes with the soundtrack, buy that version! I wish I had spent years of my life as a music critic so I could eloquently describe how great it is. The mood constantly shifts from lighthearted to serious to somber to joyous, and all of that would fall flat without strong musical accompaniment. I’ve had some of the tunes stuck in my head for about a week now, and I can’t say that I’d want it any other way.”
Hey guys. I’ve got a little taste of the Owlboy Soundtrack for you today along with some lovely visuals from the game. Take a look and a listen and head over to my bandcamp page to pick up the Soundtrack Sampler if you like! Only 6 more days till release!!
There’s only 1 more week until Owlboy is released. I still can’t believe it myself, but it’s happening! This also means you only have 1 more week to grab a copy of the Owlboy Soundtrack Sampler for $3. This basically acts as a pre-order for the full soundtrack (68 tracks, 96 minutes, 19 seconds) and also gets you a discount on the full soundtrack. After the game is released on Nov. 1st the price of the Sampler will go up to $5, but I’ll also add some additional tracks to it along with the price increase. This has been an almost 9 year labor of love for me and for Dpad Studio so I hope you get some enjoyment out of it!
10tons is releasing a new game very soon! And I’m very happy to have created another soundtrack for them. Xenoraid is an intense vertically scrolling shoot’em up with dynamic combat. Classic action gameplay with modern features like procedurally driven missions, fighter switching, and squadron management make Xenoraid a fresh and thrilling shooter! The game will be released on STEAM September 30th. The soundtrack will available on Bandcamp September 30th as well.
I’ve just released a 16-track soundtrack sampler for Owlboy! This is basically acting as a preorder and gets you a discount for the full album when it lands. Buy the sampler for $3 and get the full soundtrack for $8 (it will retail for $10 and the price of the sampler goes up to $5 when the full soundtrack is released).
I’m so excited it’s all happening and coming together finally! I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the team tomorrow in Seattle for PAX. Please listen, share and throw a few bucks towards what has been a very long labor of love in my life!
I also want to thank all the musicians who have given their time and talent to this project:
Bryan Kennard – Flute, Piccolo
Sarah Bates-Kennard – Oboe, English Horn
Midori Samson – Bassoon
James Anderson – Violin
Amy Harris – Violin, Viola
Tony Rogers – Cello
Phil Spencer – Bass
Happy New Year, ya’ll. Feliz año nuevo. And all that jazz. So… it’s been a while. Updating my website at my usual snail’s pace. It’s only because there’s so much going on that I don’t have time to tell anyone about it. The irony! So you get another smorgasbord update. And that’s fun, right? Verdad? Gotta practice my Spanish. Learning a new language might just be the hardest thing ever. Have any of you ever tried it? Man, it’s tough.
Ok, so the updates…
I’m working on a lot of different projects right now, all in various states of completion.
I’ve just wrapped up work on the soundtrack for NeonChrome, a new top-down cyberpunk shooter game by 10tons. This soundtrack was a blast to work on. Videos and info on the official site HERE.
Work on CSD2 (Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!) is going strong. You can check out David’s tumbler for all the updates and mouth-watering pictures he regularly posts. CHECK IT OUT
I’m working on Owlboy, going through the entire game (which is playable all the way through!) and adjusting/adding music and sfx where needed. I certainly don’t want to make any promises, but I think we might actually be able to release it this year. OWLBOY WEBSITE
Work on HFA (Heart Forth, Alicia) has ramped back up and the finish line is in site this year. Right now, I’m finishing up all the remaining tracks and once that is complete I’ll be overdubbing a lot of live instruments into the score. The best way to keep up with the progress is to follow the developer, Alonso Martin, on twitter – https://twitter.com/HFAgame
I’m going to be on the road a lot in February and March with APQ (Austin Piazzolla Quintet). Who knows? We might be coming to you! Or somewhere near you. Check out all our tour dates on our official website and be sure to say hi to me afterwards if you make it to a show.
My last post in November 2015 was about Wanderer, a new indie game I’m composing the score for. Their kickstarter was successful and they are now funded! Visit their official site for more info. And check out my main title music here:
APQ (The Austin Piazzolla Quintet) just returned from a fantastic tour in Colorado and New Mexico. 10 days. 9 shows. One 30 foot RV. It was glorious. This was all in support of our brand new self-titled album. At the beginning of February we spent two days recording at the Blue Rock Studio in the Texas Hill Country with Grammy nominated engineer, Charlie Kramsky. The album features original compositions by myself and violinist, James Anderson set along side Piazzolla’s up-tempo Michelangelo 70, the heavy weight of Soledad, musical portrait Retrato de Milton, and the bass showpiece Kicho.
The album is now available for download on Bandcamp. We will not be streaming the entire album anywhere. You can listen to two full-length tracks on Bandcamp to get a taste of the music. We are really proud of this record and hope that you enjoy it!
If you want a physical copy of the CD (digipack) those will only be available on CDBaby:
A week from Saturday my “Tango Suite” for string orchestra will be getting its world premiere as part of the Englewood Arts Concert Series. It’s part of the grand finale for the Chamber Music of the Masters season and I’ll be sharing the bill with Mozart, Gershwin and Bartok. I hope I can measure up! Sadly, I’m unable to attend myself but I’m having the concert recorded (both audio and video) so I’ll have something to share with you soon. Or, better yet, if you’re anywhere near Englewood go check it out for yourself!
From the press release:
Englewood Arts Presents’ grand finale of its Chamber Music of the Masters season will be the annual tribute concert in memory of Olga Wolosyn, beloved former mayor of Englewood and a true champion for Englewood Arts Presents. Performers will be CSO musicians performing in the Up Close and Musical ensemble under the direction of Eric Bertoluzzi.
Mozart Divertimento in D major
Grieg The Last Spring
Hindemith Five Pieces for String Orchestra
Jonathan Geer Tango Suite
Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
I have some incredibly exciting news to share with you today. ( well it’s incredibly exciting for me anyway! ) The kickstarter for Heart Forth, Alicia has exceeded everyone’s expectations and the team has been able to add some stretch goals to the project. One of them, which was just recently surpassed, involves bringing Manami Matsumae (Mega Man, Shovel Knight, Mighty No.9) on board to compose music for specific parts of the game.
Manami will also be heavily involed in a remix album of my original score for the game. She, along with a handful of other game composers will remix 10 to 12 tracks from my score. The other composers have not yet been decided but here is just a sample of who we have to choose from at this point:
- Keiji Yamagishi (of Ninja Gaiden)
- Saori Kobayashi (of NiGHTS, Panzer Dragoon series)
- Yumiko Takahashi (of Suikoden)
- Akira Yamaoka (of Silent Hill) [He alone costs $5000 per track. Not my number, but his agency.]
- Ippo Yamada (of Mega Man Zero, MM9 & 10, Mighty No. 9)
- Jake Kaufman (DuckTales Remastered, Shovel Knight)
- Eirik Suhrke (Spelunky, Ridiculous Fishing)
- Ben Prunty (FTL)
- Chipzel (Super Hexagon)
- Ian Stocker (Adventure Time, Escape Goat)
I’m so excited to be collaborating with Manami as Mega Man was one of my absolute favorite games growing up. I’m sitting here in my home studio right now and I havve a recreation of the blue bomber made with PostIt Notes hanging on my wall. I even carved a Mega Man pumpkin one year for Halloween!