Leaving Home is charting on Bandcamp!

As of right now, my album “Leaving Home: An RPG-Inspired Journey” is ranked at #3 on Bandcamp’s Top VGM Soundtrack chart!

https://chrisportermusic.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-home-an-rpg-inspired-journey

Bandcamp Charts 2

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Leaving Home: An RPG-Inspired Journey is out now!

IT’S RELEASE DAY!!!
 
I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my album, Leaving Home: An RPG-Inspired Journey is out today! I put a lot of myself into this music and it would mean the world to me if you would take a listen.
 
It’s available at any of the following links*!
 
*It will be available on iTunes and KKbox soon.
 
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Leaving Home: An RPG-Inspired Journey Release Date (Pre-orders are live!)

I’m thrilled to reveal that the release date of my new album Leaving Home is June 5th! The album is being released through Materia Collective and is now available for pre-order. Doing so allows you to download the first three tracks immediately, with the rest of the album becoming available the moment it’s released.

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Leaving Home: An RPG-Inspired Journey

Follow a group of adventurers on this RPG-inspired journey as they leave their hometown to set off on a grand adventure towards the far-off horizon. Embark on a musical pilgrimage across vast steppes, sprawling silver plains, expansive deserts, and perilous mountain passes. Visit small forest hamlets; explore the commoner’s square and fountain district of a great, towering city; advance eastward and experience the grand bazaar of a city in the sand, enter the ruins of an ancient castle, and finally arrive at the magnificent gleaming capital. A grand adventure awaits!

The music of RPGs has always been a huge source of joy for me, and much of the music I’ve composed has been inspired by it. For this album, I took a look at all of the RPG-inspired music that I had written over the past several years and discovered that I had been subconsciously weaving a grand adventure of my own. After deciding on the track order, I contacted my good friend, the amazing artist Jonathan Griffith, and had him create the stunning cover art for the album. I wanted the listener to be able to gaze at the album art as they listened and follow along on the journey from place to place. I’m thrilled to release this album and I’m so grateful for everyone who decides to go on this musical adventure with me.

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https://chrisportermusic.bandcamp.com/album/leaving-home-an-rpg-inspired-journey

Leaving Home final cover art

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FATE: A Tribute to Majora’s Mask

FATE: A Tribute to Majora’s Mask is out now!

I had the absolute pleasure of arranging a bluegrass version of “Cremia’s Wagon” for this album. I call my track “Pickin’ On Cremia” and it’s track number 54. The music was brought to life by a group of amazing musicians who recorded live instruments for me. Huge shout out to these nine people!

Ian Luckey: Accordion
Ian Martyn: Tenor Banjo
Sam Bobinski: Upright Bass
James C. Hoffman: Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Filipski: Acoustic Guitar
Peter Jones: Harmonica
Joe Zieja: Mandolin
Daniel Romberger: Whistling
Matheus Manente: Percussion

I also helped translate lyrics (English to Japanese) for Amanda Laven’s track “プレスビー!!!プレスビー!!!プレスビー!!!(Press B!!! Press B!!! Press B!!!) ” , track number 17.

Pick up the full 79-track album here!

FATE: A Tribute to Majora’s Mask (Bandcamp)

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Flying Caveman! An Original Album

Back in January of 2015, I was composing the soundtrack for a little mobile indie game that never ended up getting finished or released. I’ve been sitting on that collection of five tracks for three years as of this month. I was always really happy with the music and thought they worked so well together, so I figured I might as well put them out as a kind of original album rather than piece them out to different projects, or even worse, let them sit on my hard drive forever, never to be heard by anyone.

To give the music context, I decided to write out the story of the caveman who decides he wants to fly, taking him through the various environments that the music represents, and use the text as the album cover (see below).

Here is a link to the album on my BandCamp page. Enjoy!

Flying Caveman! An Original Album by Chris Porter

Flying Caveman COVER

 

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A look back at 2017 – My Year in Music

A list of all the music stuff I was involved in for 2017:

・I composed 26 tracks for an upcoming RPG called A Story of the End – Revere: Episode Dream, of which I’ve only shared three publicly. I’m really excited about all of this music!

A Story of the End – Revere: Episode Dream

・I arranged and produced my first track for a Materia Collective album, “Tavern” from ZODIAC: Final Fantasy Tactics Remixed, working with three amazing musicians who recorded live parts for me (Ian Martyn on whistle, Lori Syngajewski on clarinet, and Sam Bobinski on upright bass).

“Tavern” from ZODIAC: Final Fantasy Tactics Remixed

・I also contributed to two tracks on another Materia Collective album, SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X – Besaid Mix: as an English to Japanese translator for song lyrics on Reven’s beautiful track “Welcome to Luca”.

“Welcome to Luca”

And as mix engineer on Connor Boyd’s awesome track, “Stranger Seymour”.

“Stranger Seymour”

・It’s not due out until early 2018, but I arranged and produced another track for an upcoming Materia Collective release; for this one I was fortunate enough to work with nine different musicians who all recorded live parts for me (I’ll tag you all when the album drops, but you know who you are).

・I composed and released my fourth and fifth original game soundtracks (Room 42 and YOMOTSU). YOMOTSU being my first soundtrack that wasn’t self-published, but put out by a label.

Room 42 Original Soundtrack

YOMOTSU Original Game Soundtrack

・Speaking of YOMOTSU: the game won first place in this year’s Indie Game Maker Contest!

IGMC2017 Results

・I had the great honor of composing a demo track for Gothic Instruments (Dronar Live Strings), Sampleso (Floppytron), and three for Impact Soundworks (Ventus Pan Flutes, MOMENTUM, and Ventus Ocarinas).

・I participated in, and successfully completed, Video Game Music Academy’s 21 Days of VGM challenge.

・Despite being super busy with music for actual projects, I arranged two pieces by Yasunori Mitsuda just for fun, “Eternal Soul” from Tsugunai, and “Bonds of Sea and Fire” from Xenogears.

・Outside of soundtracks stuff, I also composed two original works just for fun, “The Commoners Square” and “The Place We Called Home”.

・I surpassed 35,000 plays on my Soundcloud!

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YOMOTSU won first place in IGMC 2017!

The results just came in, and I found out that the game I scored for this year’s Indie Game Maker Contest just won first place! YOMOTSU is the third game that I’ve scored for Akumu Games, the others being ikenie and Room 42. I’m ecstatic right now and so proud of our game.

https://itch.io/jam/igmc2017/results/judges-choice

Don’t forget, you can pick up the YOMOTSU Original Game Soundtrack here:

https://chrisportermusic.bandcamp.com/album/yomotsu-original-game-soundtrack

 

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ROOM 42 on Steam!

BIG NEWS! The Steam page for a game I composed the soundtrack for just went live, and will be available to purchase on October 6th.
 
Room 42 is a story-heavy, 2D horror game with a few really fun puzzles and action sequences. Check out the trailer and screenshots and add it to your wishlist if it looks like something you’d enjoy.
 
 
You can also purchase the soundtrack on Bandcamp now!
 
Room 42 Original Soundtrack (Front Cover)
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Teaser trailer for ROOM 42

After about a year of development, the first trailer for the game Room 42 is finally out! This game is being developed by Akumu Games (who, you may recall, made ikenie as well). I composed all of the music for Room 42 and will, of course, be releasing the original soundtrack on my Bandcamp when the game is out. I’m very excited for everyone to finally be able to play this!

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“A Place of Calm” DEMO track for Impact Soundworks

I am a longtime user and fan of virtual instrument developer Impact Soundworks’ wonderful libraries. I was recently brought on to be a beta tester for their upcoming releases. Along with testing, we also have the opportunity to write demo tracks using the instruments, which then get featured on their page. I’m happy to share with you today the demo track I wrote for their beautiful new Ventus Pan Flutes library.

My track, “A Place of Calm”, features the gorgeous Romanian Nai pan flute, which has a breathy, deep resounding voice perfect for a longing melody. I had a lot of fun writing with it. All other instruments in the track are also exclusively from Impact Soundworks (including Resonance, Celestia, and Highland Harps).

“A Place of Calm” by Chris Porter

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