After relating the origins of Galactic Princess (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), we propose to talk today about the soundtrack of the game, which was written by Liam Davis and José Mora-Jimenez.
But before speaking, with them, about the work of our two talented composers, we will begin by presenting the music of the trailer of Galactic Princess, which was a resounding success. At our Kickstarter campaign in March 2014, you were particularly likely to praise the piece composed by Dynatron : Propulsion Overdrive.
80's music producer based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dynatron
, alias Jeppe Hasseriis, who is also a designer
too, published in 2012 his first album, Escape Velocity
, from which are taken the EP Fireburner
and... Propulsion Overdrive
Chmyke, creator of Galactic Princess, discovered the work of Dynatron by chance "By serendipity!", he said, not without pride to have managed to place this term. "I think the soundtrack of the game far cry Blood Dragon - a similar music genre - had to help me ... YouTube quickly suggested the name of the channel NewRetroWave. It is a kind of label: Dynatron and the guys from the Blood Dragon soundtrack, Power Glove, are all over there. It is also thanks to the excellent soundtrack of Hotline Miami I am more interested in that kind of music. I really listened to this soundtrack on loop!"
But it was a fan made clip from images of a Harlock movie that prompted Chmyke to contact Dynatron at the end of 2013. "I showed him the game site then I asked him if it would be possible to use one of his songs - and at what price - for the trailer. He immediately said yes, and for free too! It was very nice of him, because we still had no budget." Both men selected the title Propulsion Overdrive. "The main inspiration comes from 80's power ballads in combination with Space Shuttle lift-off images and videos", adds Dynatron about this song. "The immense force of the rocket engines is absolutely breathtaking. Space travel and the science that makes it possible is awesome."
Problem: with a length of 5 minutes and 15 seconds, the song in its original version is much too long. Especially since the introduction, in the trailer, lasts about two minutes, the time to cross the galaxy in near silence and discover the wreckage of a spaceship, before attending a rhythmic montage with the track from Dynatron. "I have asked several times to Dynatron to shorten the song", continues Chmyke. "And he did it very quickly. It was really nice of him! I admit that it motivated me to take the time to create a particularly neat trailer."
Note that, even shortened by Dynatron, Propulsion Overdrive still proved too long for the needs of the trailer! "Honestly, I ended up not daring to ask him, again and again, to amputate a minute from his excellent track (laughs)." Hence the consequent duration of the first trailer of Galactic Princess: 5 minutes and 46 seconds. "I really like the trailer!", says Dynatron. "The trailer feels a little long, but I believe that has been a benefit for the kickstarter campaign. I'm impressed how well it's composed and the quirky spoken narrative is a wonderful replacement for all the deep-voiced-so-serious speak we so often get from trailers. It also surprised me how much was synchronized to the music and how well it worked." Chmyke adds : "And I understand there have been new listeners for his music through the trailer. I am very satisfied with our collaboration." Indeed, many of you asked us who was the author ! of this fabulous music!
Since then, another track from Dynatron
, Cosmo Black
, was featured in Cold in July
, a movie drama with Michael C. Hall (Dexter
), Don Johnson (Miami Vice
) and Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff
). Don't forget the games Power Drive 2000
by Megacom Games
, Escape Machines
and Cosmos Cleaners Department
by Damasius Playwyn
. Also, the german artist Florian Renner
used a Dynatron track for a 3D short animation video
You can find Dynatron’s first album at: Soundcloud
You can find and follow Dynatron on Facebook
And we kept the best for the end : Dynatron's second album, "Aeternus
", will be out September 4th on Aphasia Records
AETERNUS is a direct follower to the debut album ESCAPE VELOCITY from 2012.
Admiration of space, stars and what we may or may never discover beyond interplanetary space is a core substance on the album and draws a red line from track to track, from start to end. The album title reference how ageless, perpetual and eternal the universe may appear to us in time and volume. While ESCAPE VELOCITY had occasionally brighter moments blended with darker atmosphere, AETERNUS is focussing more on the darker soundscapes to express the ominous state of how fragile we are. The universe is controlled by massive forces and energies that can consume the Earth and cause extinction to all life known to man before evolution let us conquer new worlds.
Please note that a trailer needs very different music from the soundscape of a game taking place in space, where exploration is necessarily more common than intense battles. But we’ll try to add it one way or another.
With that, we'll give you a rendezvous within a few days for the next part of this devlog dedicated to the music of Galactic Princess. And more news about the beta in a few days.
See you soon,
The Galactic Princess team
Thank to our wonderful proofreader, L. Moor !