Lately I’ve been doing a bit of composing because I’ve started a hobby project to make a simple visual novel game.
To do so, I am using the Onscripter game engine. I am drawing all the characters myself too. I have to cover all the facial expressions and poses so that I am able to express the character how I want to in any scene.
Most of my background pictures are taken from my trips to Japan with some effects applied to them.
Of course, the most important part of the visual novel apart from plot which I have yet to come up with, is the music.
To be able to set a particular mood for the scene, I need to think about composing background music that is happy, sad, scary, upbeat, suspense, exciting, amusing and so on. So far I have composed a couple of songs including one that is upbeat and a couple that is a slow pretty song that sounds good for perhaps an emotional scene.
Lately I’ve been trying to analyse existing music and one in particular that has caught my interest is scary music. I’ve been playing around with playing minor 2nd intervals and even figured out how to make a sound that sounds like someone screaming.
It would be amusing if someone asked you to play a song on piano and you’d play something that would leave everyone terrified.