This blog is propably a long overdue, but better later than never! As Angry Birds composer (and sound designer), I would like to shed a light to the making of Angry Birds music. First of all I would like to address how I was inspired – I literally lived and worked the whole summer in my summer cabin in the shores of lake Saimaa, in the town of Puumala. Now, this place is really quiet and comfortably placed on the most beautiful countryside in Finland. Anyway – also the nature is really close to you. And the Birds.
This is me, having an inspirational brake from composing Angry Birds theme in 2009, floating in a lake, surrounded by a flock of ducks. (and having a beer)
OK. Now, The Angry Birds theme was actually the first version of the song that I wrote after getting the design documents of the game. There was a small debate about it beeing too annoying (oh really?), but eventually me and Rovio decided that it was actually a good thing (I also wanted Angry Birds to have a really memorable theme). See, when you are making as crazy and unique game as Angry Birds, there cannot be any generic music going on – it has to be memorable, somewhat silly and highlighting, underlining the feelings of the birds. And about talking about the feelings of these silly, really angry birds – the song is composed to have three parts: the first part is when the Birds are happy and doing their usual stuff like singing, being cute, just caring about the eggs. Second part is when the Birds realize that their eggs have been stolen – they became angry, confused and crazy. The third part is when the Angry Birds have noticed the pigs are stealing their eggs, and then started chasing/bombing/war against the pigs – a war that only Angry Birds can have: silly, out of control, excessive and Angry. And how militaristic sounding war can really cute, cuddly and crazy birds have? Mi-mi mim-mi, mi-mi mimmi….
Oh, this my view from the summer studio.Rovio producer didn’t like it (while he was tormented by heat and view of concrete blocks in an office back in Helsinki)
So, Angry Birds theme must be one of the most known and memorable themes out there right now. If my calculations are correct, way over 100 million people have already heard the Angry Birds theme song, making me the most listened composer in the world right now. Really. I’m also continuing to make new versions of the Theme – many of you have propably heard the different versions of the Theme in Angry Birds Seasons (Halloween, Happy Holidays, Hugs & Kisses, St.Patrics Day etc) and the latest AB Rio. There were also really fun to make and a subject of a different blog article that I will write down later.
I’m also gonna address about the singing of the Angry Birds – most of you don’t propably know but I’m also the main voice behind the Birds and Pigs. In the Original game there is 5 voice actors including me and Rovio guys, and my voice covers most of the Red bird and pigs. In the Angry Birds trailers, it’s mostly my voice heard – in the AB Rio Trailer, I’m the voice of Red Bird and Blue Bird (man that was funny to make). “Mi-mi-mimmi, mi-mi-mimmi” -singing cracked me up every time. 😉
This is me playing Angry Birds tunes in my summer cabin studio. Or just showing off in a fake situation.
Anyway, if you have any questions about making of the Angry Birds music, post a question here and I’ll try to get back to you. I’ll post a blog about Angry Birds sound design later, so lets just stick to the music for now. (Note: I use Cubase 5 and loads of VST -instruments, can use both Mac and PC platforms. AB sheets are coming in the near future!)