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MIKE HALLENBECK

ORIGINAL MUSIC + SFX FOR MOBILE GAME: TREE FORT DEFENSE

Above: the theme song I've composed for an Android mobile game called Tree Fort Defense, developed by Interrobang LLC.

The game is a physics-based castle defense style scenario with selectable weapons and upgradeable defenses, designed in the Untiy game engine. The player inhabits a world built from a child's imagination; his back yard becomes a realm under attack by a variety of fiendish opponents (a goblin, an anthropomorphic tree, a dragon, and many others) who want to conquer his fortress. The player hurls assorted projectiles to fend off the assault. I've also put together sound effects to help bring the ensuing melee to life.

I've done my best to communicate the game's goofy, campy sense of fun with this theme music. Given the back yard setting, I decided to use instrumentation that could actually function outdoors with no electricity: marimba, banjo, tuba, accordion, a drum kit, and some wacky percussion.

To indicate the approach of an enemy, I carved out the stinger below from the theme and added some timpani to increase tension:

The tag below accompanies Level 1 Game Over:

Concept art by Sean MacBean for Tree Fort Defense Halloween Level

HALLOWEEN LEVEL

The Halloween level of Tree Fort Defense features lots of things that go bump in the night. Here's the spooky arrangement of the theme I put together for the Halloween Level, dipped in surf guitar and theremin:

Approach of an enemy, Halloween style:

Game Over, Halloween style:

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