Do you live and breathe video games? If the answer is yes, put down that controller and head over to OverClocked ReMix (www.ocremix.org), a nonprofit, online organization that enhances the world of game music with even more game music. Visit its Web site to learn about classic and popular video-game music, listen to user-created arrangements (called ReMixes, as opposed to remixes) of existing songs, and upload your own arrangements in any genre you like. All audio is available for free and can be streamed or downloaded directly from the site.
OverClocked ReMix provides detailed profiles of composers, full lists of every game commercially available, and user-submitted tips on the best DAWs, sequencers, and instruments to use in creating arrangements. If you are in need of free resources, tutorials, and guides for game music and computer music, OverClocked ReMix is a great place to go. Its affiliation with Video Games Live also presents numerous opportunities to network with other game-music fans and composers, which can be done easily by taking part in the interactive community forum, where users can discuss any topic related to game audio.
You don't have to be a well-known working professional to be a game-music composer. Everyone is welcome to participate in what the organization has to offer, regardless of experience. So feel free to share your arrangements with OverClocked ReMix and achieve rock-god status from your own home, while you play.
For more about game audio, check out “Fun and Games,” a feature on the technical and professional aspects of working in the field in the December 2007 issue of EM (available at www.emusician.com), and “Production Values: Games People Play,” an interview with game-composing guru Tommy Tallarico in the January 2008 issue.