Check out screenshots and my soundtrack demos on Sci Fi Shoot em up game Scrap Galaxy’s official new website! http://www.scrapgalaxy.com/
2015 has been the best year so far with regards to my music and game development. While every year has ups and downs, I’ve done a lot of work in 2015 that I’m proud of.
At the start of the year I released my first game called Overlooker, made in roughly 20 days. It was also my first full soundtrack release and first attempt at pixel art. Although the game was short and a bit clunky, I got surprisingly positive feedback in comments and emails despite not promoting the game. I wrote a postmortem about it which you can read here.
After a few years of contributing synthesizer and sampling work the Arbitrator album Indoctrination of Sacrilege was released in February. Working with Rob Kukla was a ton of fun, and the end result is something I love to crank up! Having contributed to an album that also featured drums by Dirk Verbeuren and work by Sacha Laskow and Jens Bogren is pretty exciting.
I have had the pleasure of working with the very talented Jesper Tingvall on video games such as Spacecraft, Skeletal Dance Party, Monster in the Matrix, and Human Meatshield. We found out just a week ago that Skeletal Dance Party has been greenlit on Steam, and I’m currently working on more music for Spacecraft right now so I’m excited to see what we will do together in 2016!
The Isotope Softworks team has been working hard on PC/Dreamcast game Hypertension: Harmony of Darkness which I am doing soundtrack story work for. My 1 year anniversary working on the project came around at the start of December, and I’ve been having a blast working with this fantastic team. You can see a recent video showing some footage here, featuring my music. The game definitely has that classic old school survival horror / first person shooter vibe that I love!
In September I released Overlooker 2 which was much more ambitious than Overlooker 1. It had a full inventory system, more enemy types, more areas to explore, and many more basic features. Due to the tight time frame there are unfortunately some bugs and issues. It was a huge step up from Overlooker 1 though and I’m happy with the result! I again got a surprising amount of positive feedback despite not promoting the game.
My friend Nicolas updated the soundcloud page with a playlist of what he considers to be my best music. The soundcloud is the place to go to crank up some tunes! Nicolas is the co-admin of my Facebook and Soundcloud page and a dude I’m always bouncing music and game ideas back and forth off of. He’s been a big help these past few years and I look forward to more fun in the future! You can follow Nicolas on twitter here.
Along with the Overlooker and Overlooker 2 soundtracks, I released a solo album titled The Hagan Incision which you can find on my bandcamp page. I currently have a 50% off my full discography sale if you want to help support my work and get all my albums for less than $3 each! SuenLarrenOfGod also released a full remix album of my work which was very cool. You can listen to it here! He’s shown me some of his recent work and it is fantastic – I can’t wait for him to release it!
I also started up my own podcast called The Connorcast, which featured Michael Garoad Kelly (Composer of VA11 HALL-A) in episode 1 and Leandro Tokarevski (Creator of Multiverse: A Cosmic Conquest) in episode 2. I’ll most likely continue the podcast in 2016!
I may have forgotten a few things, but I think that covers most of 2015. Considering I’ve been going to university full time and working full time in the summer, I think I’ve done quite a bit of work!
My last university semester starts in a couple of days, and I plan for the first 4 months of 2016 to be quiet. I want to take a break (…my break consists of a 6 course semester…) and focus on my classes for the rest of my degree. I’ll be continuing work on Hypertension, Spacecraft, and Skeletal Dance Party during that time as well. When summer hits, I plan to work hard on my third game, new music, and some new projects that are currently in the planning stages! I’m also sitting on 2 heavy metal solo albums that need to be mixed/mastered, and those will most likely be released in 2016.
I hope everybody has a great 2016, and I hope to make new music and games that you enjoy! – Connor
You can download it free from itch.io below, and buy the soundtrack at either itch.io or bandcamp!
It is with great sadness that I have learned that Stefan Kozak has recently passed away.
I began listening to Stefan’s brilliant work with his projects Mystic Forest and Eikenskaden when I was only 12 years old. His music has been a gigantic influence for me for half of my life now and will continue to be for the rest of my life. His music was unique, intense, and beautiful.
I messaged Stefan for the first time around 2010. After hearing my album “Mirror Image” he actually beat me to the punch in asking if we could collaborate together. That was one of the best moments of my life. It was a huge confidence boost to know this man who I’d been inspired by for so many years would think highly enough of my work to want to collaborate with me. Together we had a great time working on songs which I will list below. He was always very helpful in giving feedback, motivation, and advice. One of his last messages to me finishes with “see you soon, my musical brother.” That fills me with a mix of immense pride and sadness.
There are simply no words to express the immense sadness of having to say goodbye to a great guy and great musician. Thank you for everything Stefan. To have worked with you is truly a dream come true. I hope to make more music that would make you proud. You will be greatly missed.
My thoughts are with the friends and family of Stefan.
Our work together:
Empty Lungs (Writen together, guitars/bass/drums by Stefan): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K0xukhCK6U
Empty Lungs music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbz59BVAwWU
Empty Lungs demos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TOi9K_6ASQ
Connor O.R.T. vs Stefan Kozak – Hadean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ3Z1FaH1K4
Gauntlet (guitar solo by Stefan Kozak) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ0-1ENImuo
Synchrotron (vocal samples by Stefan Kozak) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oume-35o0ok
Mystic Forest vs. O.R.T. – My blood mingled with the earth’s crust (Remix): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=621K3xLRD5k
Summer is almost over, but I have many projects I am trying to finish up before going back to university. The sequel to my game Overlooker is well underway and scheduled to be released hopefully by September 8th. I have some other soundtrack projects (Hypertension: Harmony of Darkness, Spacecraft, etc) underway as well, along with a full new soundtrack for Overlooker 2.
I plan to spend a lot of my free time this last year at university trying to develop some art skills, as that will help me with game development as well as making album covers.
The majority of my music is now up on Bandcamp which means you can stream it all for free, and support my work by buying it!