Cosplaybunny wrote: »
My favorite Sam and Max song is Just You And Me (And Ted E. Bear), it cracks me up every time I listen to it. When working on songs like this do you go at it alone or do you work with the Sam and Max creative team? How did this song come about?
SamWagner wrote: »
Any songs / sounds / music that you liked that didn't make it into the actual games?
StonkBad wrote: »
When you have to write background music for a certain place, how much do the devs tell you about the place? Do they show you something like a description or concept art?
Astro Gnocci wrote: »
Not sure how to phrase it...
But basically how do you go about writing a theme ?
Do you start with the actual melody, or with some cliché lines to fit the mood needed, or just play around until you find something that clicks ?
I always thought instrumental music was much harder than just adding some fancy stuff to an actual song. It's really hard to come up with a good theme or melody, and even more when doing "ambience music", having to convey a certain mood or emotion...
Any insight on your overall musical life ?
Also, what is/are your favourite instrument(s) to noodle with ?
Have you ever considered writing a "max" hard rock song (i mean, a song max would write, complete with hyperkinetic lyrics and rabitty guitar solos - or vice versa) ?
Thanks a lot for the thread anyway. The "euro-friendly" timing is a nice touch, too
Weeblerjake wrote: »
Some simple questions.
Did you play an(y) instrument(s) when you were a kid?
Also, did you always want to be a composer?
And one harder one.
I'm sort of interested in composing. I like to make up songs on the piano and whatnot. What do you think I should do?
Hyperkinetic_Martian wrote: »
Hey Jared! Two questions:
What kind of program(s) do you use to edit and compile the music, voices, and sound effects (or even compose)?
How long does it usually take to get all the sound work done for a single episode?
Icedhope wrote: »
Actually I only have one question wich is this. When writing your music for any game what inspires you the most? Also what are the steps to writing masterpieces?
leonardo8 wrote: »
First of all, I'd like to thank you for all the wonderful music in previous Sam & Max seasons. I have three questions:
1) Who are your three favourite jazz musicians and why?
2) Do you prefer traditional or modern jazz?
3) Are all the solos in your jazz pieces set or do you allow improvisation?
snotsnit wrote: »
I want to know if the Season 3 will have more long Jazz songs.
Also, I really liked the Consecutive Office song, and I was wondering why you decided to make that specific song an 8 minute long jazz ensemble?
thatdude98 wrote: »
I loved your work on TMI, Jared. You're also great at being a crazed arcade machine.
Anyway, I'm thinking about a career in computer music. I'm pretty handy with Abelton Live, and I wanted to know if you had any advice for me?
Zeek wrote: »
Are we ever going to get a Useful to Boot instrumental track? I'm kidding.
Have you ever thought about rearranging the original Sam & Max: Hit The Road theme song just for fun and not as something that will play in the game? Jeremy Soule has done something similar at least once, although he posted that "for fun" project on OCRemix.org.
puzzlebox wrote: »
1) To an outsider, music composition seems to be a very creative endeavour. What happens when/if you don't feel particularly creative or inspired - is it still possible to sit down and churn out the music? Is scoring as natural and procedural to you as, say, programming is to a programmer?
2) Until you voiced the Marquis de Singe in Tales of Monkey Island, we didn't realise you were freakishly good at anything other than music. What further hidden talents lurk in Jared's unplumbed depths?
3) The lives of successful musicians are often fraught with the temptation and vice that come with the trappings of fame. You, however, seem like a very down-to-earth young man. How do you manage to "keep it real"? Or have you simply been lucky enough to escape the glare of tabloid journalism thus far?
Joop wrote: »
Just wanted to ask you what your favorite experiences were working for Telltale.
Anything particular you have learned by doing the music for all these games?
corruptbiggins wrote: »
Jared, I was just wondering if you have played any of the games you were involved with making? Do you play video games at all for that matter? If so which ones?
Scrawffler wrote: »
Hey Jared, love your work (music, voice acting, everything)! In fact I'm listening to the Bone soundtracks as I type!!
Here's something I'm always curious about with musicians. What is your favourite genre of music to listen to? And what is your favourite genre to compose?
A lot of your music reminds me of certain classic adventure games. Are there any adventure classics that you are particularly inspired by?
Your voice acting as DeSinge was awesome! Will you be voicing anyone in The Devil's Playhouse?
And of course, what is your all-time favourite Beatles song?
Will wrote: »
Ok, I officially want to make a Transmet game now.
World93 wrote: »
Out of curiosity, how did you come up with the war song? If that wasn't you, sorry for taking your time.
JaredEJ wrote: »
The idea of doing The War Song originally came from Brendan and Dave, if I recall. They said they'd like to have a big musical number about War, and then got me a list of lyrics, which I believe were written by Brendan, but I can't quite remember at this point. I added the big dance break, though, since I wanted it to be sufficiently show-stopping.
JaredEJ wrote: »
Well folks, I need to get back to work, but it was nice answering all of these questions for you.
Jake wrote: »
I think the lyrics were actually written by Chuck. Pete and I thank/curse you for adding the giant dance break, but it really made that moment.
puzzlebox wrote: »
Thanks for taking the time to write such comprehensive answers to all the questions! It's cool that you took them all seriously, even the not-serious ones.
A really interesting and worthwhile session - very much appreciated!
JaredEJ wrote: »
I don't actually have much experience with Abelton, but my general advise for aspiring composers of any kind is to stick to it, and to keep writing, as much and as often as possible.
LuigiHann wrote: »
Oh yeah, and our good friend Kid Beyond (Andrew Chaikin, recurring Telltale voice actor) has a catchy song on there, you could ask him about it.
Zeek wrote: »
Wait, he sings?! And Jared hasn't capitalized on this?!