Fans of film and video game music are in for a treat with this week’s Creator Conversation segment. In this Q&A session, I speak with J. Andrew Edwards about the official soundtrack to the non-existent movie, video game fight music and bombastic orchestral scores that portray the destructive assembly of building-sized monsters and robots.
Q. First off, tell everyone a little bit about yourself and your music.
I have been playing orchestral percussion since I was in middle school, and writing music for the past fifteen years. I have a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma, and currently work at the Fine Arts Library. My music consists of symphonic scores and electroinc dance music, the kind that would accompany a video game or movie.
Q. What was the greatest challenge in making Kaiju Convention?
The greatest amount of time was spent creating one album out of an eclectic library of pieces, some written a decade ago and others just recently, that would fit together but also stand out on their own.
Q. Use only seven words to describe each song. Go!
“We are Totes Gonna Do the Thing” – Thesis statement. Severe elation with sinister undertones.
“Defence Force” – Carefree and cheerful anime dance party music.
“The Questing Beast” – A train charging through hills and valleys.
“MegaMecha” – Fast-paced, bouncy and focused fight music
“Keep Calm and Evacuate” – Bombastic and mysterious. Calm and orderly panic.
“A Friend to Kaiju Everywhere” – Inspirational, heartening. Journey, adventure and friendship building.
“Orion Above the Skyline-” Drifting, pulsing, planetary epic of Grand Insignificance.
“Eventide” – Twilight. Epic transition. Approaching a great change.
“Load Bearing Boss” – Culminating battle. Last-ditch; desperate; impending doom.
“Meglator vs. Meglatron” – Intense, driving and combative. Barely in control.
“Fujita Scale (EF 3.14)” – Time signiture based on the number pi.
“Migration” – Leaving for a new home. Sad, hopeful.
Q. What inspired this album?
Film scores by Danny Elfman, James Horner and David Arnold, orchestral and choral music such as Eric Whitacre and Frank Ticheli, video game music by Nobuo Uematsu, and animes such as Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Dragonball are some, but not all, of my influences.When Disney’s Alladin came out, my sister bought the album. While we would sing the actual songs, like Arabian Nights and One Jump Ahead, but I was drawn in far more by the orchestral pieces than the actual songs.
Film scores by Danny Elfman, James Horner and David Arnold, orchestral and choral music such as Eric Whitacre and Frank Ticheli, video game music by Nobuo Uematsu, and animes such as Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Dragonball are some, but not all, of my influences.
Q. Anything else you want people to know?
This is the first entry of several albums already in the pipeline!