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Making an OST for our Spaghetti Western Jam game

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since my last post, I’ve been busy developing our Spaghetti Western Jam game, which I’ll describe in the next posts, as the development goes on and we manage to complete the single segments.

We’ve been through a lot, we now have a brand new concept artist on our side. (Yay!)

Totally off-topic. Still a funny picture, tho
Totally off-topic.
Still a funny picture, tho

Back to business. I’ve started working on the main OST, and that’s more than just composing some random music, because the jam forces us to be strictly tied to the theme, and this theme is defined by very iconic style, instrument choice and sound.

It’s not the usual western music, with big orchestras and positive heroistic themes. This particular genre doesn’t have real heroes, so you can’t just have some cheerish positive theme playing around to introduce the pure-hearted protagonist who’s gonna save the day from the horde of big bad guys.

A Spaghetti Western product needs a more neutral feeling, so be careful with major scales and too cherish keys.

The first, essential, step is to collect references. As many as you can, as different as you can.

I’ve passed a whole week listening to Ennio Morricone, Franco Micalizzi, Riz Ortolani and Francesco De Masi, this gave me basic info about instruments, melodic choices and effects that make you really feel like riding a horse in a dusty old town with a rusty Colt .45 on your side.

The reference study made clear that the most iconic Spaghetti Western sound is made by a guitar, some basic percussions and a simple mouth whistle, all of that highly reverbered.

My main references were For a fistful of dollars by Ennio Morricone and Trinity by Franco Micalizzi for their simplicity and their iconicity.

With all those things in mind I’ve managed to record this draft.

As you can see it has all the main Spaghetti Western topoi, it evokes loneliness but also self-sufficiency, it evokes balance between good and evil, it feels like you’re riding a dusty horse in a desert with the movie credits.

If the draft is approved by the rest of the team I’ll proceed with a better recording and mastering.

We also needed some music for the menu scene, which takes place in a saloon.
Nothing suits a saloon better than some good ol’ ragtime piano!

A quick Google research told me that most of the original ragtime tracks are now in the public domain, that meaning you can use them for free.

It was fairly simple to choose a good tune for our saloon. Thank you, Scott Joplin!

That’s all for now.
Keep being awesome!

One Comment

  1. I need to to thank you for this good read!! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it.

    I have got you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post…

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