Steadfast Game Trailer

Steadfast Main Title & Opening Cinematic Theme

Type of Work: PC Game
Contribution:
Audio Lead, Sound Design (Co-contributor), Music Composition (Co-contributor), Orchestration, Audio Mixing and Mastering, Audio Programming, Voice Over (Co-contributor)
Co-contributors: Wyatt Powell (Voice Over, Sound Design, Music Composition); Dakota Halford (Sound Design, Music Composition); Robert Patterson (Voice Over, Sound Design)
Software and Tools Used: Unity 5.3.4, Pro Tools, Garritan Personal Orchestra, Waves Gold Plug-ins, iZotope RX Plug-ins
Copyright: Norco College

Steadfast is the 2016 capstone project for all game development students at Norco College. I had the privilege of managing a small team of talented young sound designers and composers as the audio lead for this project. Aside from team management and assisting with sound design, composition, and voice overs when necessary, my primary duty was to polish all of the audio assets my team had created and prepare them for implementation in the game engine. This included making minor edits, mixing, and mastering both sound effects and music, as well as orchestrating the music. I was also in charge of implementing the audio in the Unity game engine, a task which included a fair amount of coding in C#. Included here is the trailer from the game as well as the music from the title screen and opening cinematic.

Type of Work: Composition (Digital)
Software and Tools Used: Pro Tools
Copyright: Aaron Eastwood

For this project, I was asked to compose a piece based on a given four-bar motif. Starting with a bold statement of the motif in the first section of the piece, I used various techniques to reshape and transform that melody throughout the piece, as well as enhancing it with my own melodies. The inspiration for this piece was the locations and environments in the game Final Fantasy XIV, published by Square Enix. (Special thanks to Brady Kerr for composing the original four-bar motif.)

“Volcano”

“Tranquil”

“Wild West”

Type of Work: Compositions (Digital)
Software and Tools Used: Pro Tools
Copyright: Aaron Eastwood

These three pieces are fruits of my studies at Norco College. Each piece seeks to illustrate a different theme, mood, or environment that might be found in a video game.

Type of Work: Animated Short Film
Contribution:
Music Composition
Software and Tools Used: Pro Tools, Finale, Garritan Personal Orchestra
Copyright: © copyright Blender Foundation | www.sintel.org (Film), Aaron Eastwood (Music)

Sintel is independently produced short film initiated by the Blender Foundation. When I learned that Sintel had been released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, “free for everyone to distribute, learn from, or re-use,” I became excited by the idea of re-imaging the score. This clip represents my musical vision of Sintel’s opening scene.

Type of Work: Video Game
Client: Blind Squirrel Games, Inc.
Contribution: Music Composition
Software and Tools Used: Pro Tools, Finale, Garritan Personal Orchestra
Copyright: Blind Squirrel Games, Inc.

Beards & Glory follows a horde of “Viking gate crashers” as they “sack castles and strongholds across the world.” I had the opportunity to work with Blind Squirrel Games to compose and orchestrate original music for this innovative action platformer. I notated this piece using Finale, then fine-tuned the MIDI file in Pro Tools. I then rendered the piece in Pro Tools using Garritan virtual instruments. The music presented here is the same track that can be heard in the finished game.

Type of Work: Video Game
Client: Soma Games, LLC
Contribution: Music Composition
Software and Tools Used: Finale, Garritan Personal Orchestra
Copyright: Aaron Eastwood (Music)

I had the privilege of working with Oregon-based developer Soma Games to design sound and compose an original theme for a game demo showcasing Intel’s RealSense technology that was exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014. In the game, an ice-powered superhero battles a villain born of fire! Here’s the music for your enjoyment.

Type of Work: Composition (Concert Piece)
Performers: California State University Fullerton Brass Ensemble
Software and Tools Used: Finale, Pro Tools
Copyright: Aaron Eastwood

This is the live performance of a piece I composed as a student at California State University, Fullerton in honor of the opening of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.  In addition to composing and orchestrating the piece, I prepared the score as well as parts for each musician using Finale.