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Interview with Peter (videogames musician); questions suggested by a friend of him:
Q: Hi Pedro, first of all: Who you are and what you do?
A: My name is Pedro, from Spain, and I'm a game developer and musician, but my music is recalling much more attention than my games. There are 20+ tracks on my website to be used freely on videogames if properly credited and *surprisingly* people are using those tracks! Based on some messages I'm receiving and a few games I know use my music I can now say that my songs have been heard millions of times on videogames from around the world.
Q: What are the ingredients a good videogame soundtrack need?
A: To me, the most important thing of a videogame main music theme is that it needs to be catchy. A good tune or melody will do the trick. We can mention many great videogames main songs like Mario Bros. or Monkey Island. Even when the game power is dulling due to loss of interest the music theme can make it shine or extend the time the game is interesting.
Q: Mario Bros. and Monkey Island are old examples. Can you tell me a nowadays videogame who has a strong melody on the main theme?
A: Sure! And it comes from an independent studio: Angry Birds. Who doesn't know the Angry Birds tune today? It is a wonderful theme, and now they are creating a TV series from the game, I bet they are going to use it widely. So it is important to fetch a great melody for you game just in case it recalls more attention than expected...
Q: So what are you trying to achieve with your music?
A: I'm looking for good melodies. Some of my games (like Smileys Invasion series) have surpassed the million views mark. And music was very important in that game; I have released the soundtrack for free and is used widely in other games now.