Welcome Back, December by Shilov

Shilov, haïku russian developper stroke again with another short gaming experience within deep thoughts. Available on gamejolt, he released “Welcome Back, December”, which was the occasion for me to both leave a tribute to The Caretaker, and dig deeper into the twisted universe of Shilov the talented.

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Your Bizarre Eyes / original soundtrack

Man of few words, Shilov came to me with descriptions of places, long before telling me the actual story he had wrote. I already knew he had adapted two H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories as 30 minutes long video games, so my interest was immediately caught.

Your Bizarre Eyes is a video game AND a short story. It is not a walking simulator : you really have to play and show some platforming skills. It’s unique format will convince you that you don’t need a longer story to have the deepest experience.

You can play it for free on gamejolt / gamejolt.com/games/adventure/your-bizarre-eyes/59769/

Alice in Wonderland 1903’s version – re-scored

Alice in Wonderland 1903’s version – re-scored by mr.teddybear,
original soundtrack created for the second Filmform Function indie film festival that took place in London, on Friday 13th of September, 2013.

Inspiration for this score was found a the edge of both my own memories from Lewis Carroll’s novel and the stunning and courageous adaptations by American McGee.

The whole thing was smoothly edited, recorded and mixed on Ableton Live, using unused takes and homemade samples from my own sound bank.

Many thanks to the British Film Institute for allowing me to work on this magnificent piece of history.


American Mc Gee’s wikipedia page / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee

Filmform Function / http://www.facebook.com/filmform.function

Ron Stratton / director

Ron Stratton has been the first person to contact me when I decided to activate some networks, which I know they could be interested by what have to offer.

Ron is a Master Control Technical Director at WDIV-TV, in Detroit, United States. He’s also a gifted director, whose ideas are straight forward and brilliantly directed.

I was asked for two pieces of music. One scores his short movie “M is for Mute”,  “an homage to the Giallo films of the seventies.”

M is for Mute from Ron Stratton on Vimeo.

The other one is a technical demonstration for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, shot during a historic storm that happened last august in Detroit.

Deluge from Ron Stratton on Vimeo.

We’re looking forward to working together again. A the moment, we’re trying to make the life of these videos longer. Some news about it soon.


Ron Stratton’s vimeo channel / http://vimeo.com/ronstratton

SHORT STORIES / Videos

short stories #001 from mr.teddybear on Vimeo.

Short Stories is initially a series of photographies I’m gathering to build fictions : short stories. As I’m looking into exhibiting those sets, I started those videos I’m releasing regularly as a composition excercise.

You can enjoy all three videos and the ones to come at this URL / http://shortstories-mtb.tumblr.com/


photo links /

blog / http://mrteddybear.tumblr.com/

society6 shop / http://society6.com/mrteddybear

redbubble shop / http://www.redbubble.com/people/mrteddybear

videos / http://shortstories-mtb.tumblr.com/

Placards & Cadavres

Placards & Cadavres means litterally “Cupboards & Corpses” and is inspired from the expression : to have a corpse in his cupboard (equivalent to the English ” to have a skeleton in the closet”). That means you’re hiding something that is starting to rot. This is a short EP that aims to figure negativity. And we can see this is short, dark and unnamed.

That short thing features the band K2C, talented french rappers from Dezordr Records and Ivan, leader of “Là où les tempêtes s’éteignent”, formerly known as Shiyugosha.

All arranged and mixed on Ableton Live.


placards & cadavres / http://mrteddybear.bandcamp.com

Là où les tempêtes s’éteignent / http://laoulestempetes.com/

K2C / http://www.dezordr.com

LG / PPUA

Have you ever been curated ? Cooler Than Cucumbers is a record label I’ve been following for a long time mostly for its love of beautiful objects, and its clever curation. Look closely behind all the released albums, and what you’ll see will draw you the most interesting and bizarre exhibition. Being part of Tiago’s catalogue feels a bit like being exhibited at the Centre Pompidou.

Those two short postcards have been inspired by photos taken by me. The aim of the exercise was to focus on these pictures and to create an imaginary soundtrack.


CTC Records Bandcamp page / http://ctcrecords.bandcamp.com

photo links /

blog / http://mrteddybear.tumblr.com/

society6 shop / http://society6.com/mrteddybear

redbubble shop / http://www.redbubble.com/people/mrteddybear

Music for Video Games


I am fond of video games. I mean, really fond of, as my dream would be to make the soundtrack for one or several of them. “Music for video games” is an experience of total freedom where I intent to forget every mental barrier.

I took my best memories of video game places and levels such as World of Illusion, Metal Gear Solid, Mario’s castles, Prisoner of Ice, American Mc Gee’s Alice or Neverwinter Nights … and recomposed them into music. Precisely, I made a list of all the video games places I had visited and simply created a theme for each of them. This is one more example that having a strict approach to your work can actually make you freer.

Some key facts you may want to know : this is a two-month work, composition and home mixing included. A pro version would include improved mixing and mastering (3 days) in a studio. I used a licensed version of Ableton Live and many free, but valuable, plug-ins. I used some modified classic samples as arrangements and free synthesizers to create the main themes.


mr.teddybear’s bandcamp / http://mrteddybear.bandcamp.com/

 

Huis Clos

In addition to being a personal experience, Huis Clos is entirely composed of unfinished projects that I pulled out from my archives and reinjected into Logic. The aim is to give a direction to each track so the album isn’t a simple compilation. There are a lot of samples, mostly unrecognizable and some live instruments : electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and even bass played with a bow, all recorded through a Joe Meek ThreeQ.

Technically the work was about restoring old audio files, removing clicks, restructuring tracks entirely. There was a lot of editing from my side. As the result felt a bit too gloomy, I decided to invite friends to play on these tracks, so they bring a spark of fantasy.

Huis Clos production coincides with the time where I finally had a proper homestudio : Prodipe Pro 8 monitoring speakers, Axiom 25 keyboard, Ableton Live software.

This is my first experience of “album direction” from the idea to the object. I hope I will do it again in the future or help other artists to do it. That kind of concept album is a real pleasure to make if you stick to a few rules.

– diversity in your tracks, explore a few leads is always good

– know where is your beginning, and your end, as in a scenario

– fix a budget and stick to it

– control every step and link everything. In the end, there is only one object. It’s better if it’s consistent.

– be sure you have an answer for every choice you made. If you leave anything to someone else, it has to be your initiative.

I’m not pretending those advices are true for everyone but they did work for me.


mr.teddybear’s bandcamp / http://mrteddybear.bandcamp.com/

press / reviews /

Longueur d’Ondes / http://www.longueurdondes.com

Chroniques Electroniques / http://chroniques-electroniques.over-blog.com

Soul Sodium

My meeting with Kamasoundtracks’ team within the “Soul Sodium” project was brief and there isn’t much to tell, so is this post.

Professionnally, I can say I worked within a team, composed of a concept leader / manager, some beatmakers, a sound engineer, and rappers.

Together, both using my computer and their own studio, which implied a Pro Tools station injected in an analog Mackie 24 board, we built something that I would never have done otherwise. Something light, fun, with a deep and bouncy bassline, equally using musician and sound designer skills.

So sometimes, one just has to let himself get carried away by circumstances. As one might say : just go with the flow.


Soul Sodium / http://lzorecords.bandcamp.com/album/soulsodium