It seems I am one of the most listened composer in the world right now and no one notices. 🙂 Over 250 million people have heard original Angry Birds theme, and most of them have heard all AB Seasons remixes too… not calculating how many official (and unofficial) youtube videos there are with Angry Birds theme in the background or fan videos with the same tune.
Anyway, Angry Birds isn’t the only soundtrack I have made. No Sir. I have made memorable work, according to players and reviews, in many much bigger console games. Even now, in Sony’s playstation network “welcome back” program, they’re offering games like Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD, which already had hundred thousands of players. Also Trine and Outland -games have been very successful ones and had great reviews. Also Shadowgrounds games had also a decent fan base years ago. I have calculated that over two million have heard my music in other than Angry Birds merchandise… So the amount of listeners of my music should go over 300 million soon. Wow!
But I am not famous. My music is loved by many around the world but my name is still totally unknown to mainstream media and most of the listeners. Propably because my name is not mentioned much. Well at least my name is in the credits (that nobody ever reads) and few companies manage to mention my name for the press even! Sometimes it feels that I’m just a resource, an outsourcer that just makes music and sounds. Not surprisingly, I’ve only got ONLY ONE press interview in two years, and that was a small finnish YleX program. Come on. 🙂
Should I care too much? Should my name come more up? Should ‘game’ composers have more press coverage? The good side is that now I have some peace to make even more greater music, without too much hassle and press coverage. But still it would be nice to have some recognition. It always manages to anger me a little when I see Angry Birds theme somewhere without my name being mentioned – unofficial remix or whatnot. Even some of my friends or distant family have been unaware that I did Angry Birds. It’s feels a bit silly.
Currently I’m composing Trine 2 Soundtrack, and it will be a really great one. After that there’s already much work ahead, but do I just continue to work as music outsourcer or should I be making my own commercial music? Future will tell. For now I enjoy making game music, I’ve always have. It’s still a place and format not ruined by money and mainstream crap – there’s a still place for real music and soul.
Now I feel a little bit more relieved. Sorry about the small rant. 😉