How can I be the next Koji Kondo?
December 7, 2011 6:03 PM Subscribe
I want to compose scores for video games as a career. I have no idea how to get there. I'm looking for advice from composers, game designers, and people generally working at the intersection of music and video games.
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I recently dropped out of college for the second time and am trying to figure out what I want to do in life. I've had a passion for making music since I was a toddler and I've played more video games than is probably healthy. I finally put the two together a few days ago and I'm just beginning to look into this as a viable career choice.
My musical experience includes: almost enough credits to qualify for a minor in Music with a concentration in Jazz Guitar, 3 years of being in a small-time college band touring the San Francisco Bay Area, and making beats on my computer and iPhone. I have never taken a composition course.
My only experience in the gaming industry involved testing an FPS for three days in 2008. I have no acquaintances, friends, or family members who could steer me towards a knowledgeable coworker or friend.
If you are a composer who has written scores for games/are a designer who has hired a composer/have been involved in this aspect of the development of a game, what advice do you have for a person aspiring to do this as a living? What training would I need? What were your experiences and what would you have done differently?