New Beginnings

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind of craziness.


I graduated college ten days ago.  Usually, that brings enough whirlwinds of change into someone's life.  Job searches are happening, friends are moving away, and tons of other life decisions happen.


For me, I ended up getting caught up trying to figure out if I could make it into a video game composition course at Oklahoma City University.


Yes, three days after graduating college, I was back in a classroom.  We had homework, tests, classroom assignments......

Oh, and we had class 6 hours a day.

You might be thinking...."What were you thinking Jeff?!?!?!.  You just graduated school, you said goodbye to homework and finals....what were you thinking?"

I was thinking about the opportunity I would have.  Because this was not an ordinary course.  The course was taught by Chance Thomas, who is a video game composer with such credits as Avatar and Lord of the Rings Online, and it was an opportunity to learn that I could not pass up. 

It has been more than worth it.  The people in the class have been smart, curious, and kind.  It has been a great week with Chance and the other students, and I am very glad I met them and will be able to share ideas with them in the future.  The level of camaraderie and kind of constructive criticism was surprisingly kind, and I am grateful for all the feedback that I received.  To Chance and everyone else involved in the course, thank you very much.  


Our teacher, Chance Thomas, and the rest of the students.  (L-R) Katie Bouknight, John Michael Hunt, Taner Davis, Or Kribos, Nathan Reed, Tanner Smith, Chance Thomas, Ben Stire, Colton Hines, Jon Helvering, Me, Sean Erwin, and Cooper Baldwin

Our teacher, Chance Thomas, and the rest of the students.  (L-R) Katie Bouknight, John Michael Hunt, Taner Davis, Or Kribos, Nathan Reed, Tanner Smith, Chance Thomas, Ben Stire, Colton Hines, Jon Helvering, Me, Sean Erwin, and Cooper Baldwin

But this is not the end of anything.  It's really only the beginning.

Over the next few months, I will be writing music for a game being developed by the game lab that I work for at the University of Arkansas.  As I write music and it reaches stages where it is appropriate to share it, I will be sharing it here, on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and wherever else I can.  

In the meantime, here are two tracks that I created for the course.  The first is a loop for the exterior portions of a game where you fight robots.  The second is a loop for the inside portions of the game level.

 

Thank you very much, I hope you enjoy my music.

"All puzzles will yield to your persistence" -Chance Thomas