Dragonvale Music – Composition and Orchestration
The inspiration for Dragonvale’s score was to reinforce the peaceful and idyllic setting of the dragon parks. To do this I needed to create a style that would be pleasant to hear and emotionally lift the player into the right mood for the game. I wanted to avoid going for an “epic” score because I was trying to make sure the audience would feel more intimately connected to their parks. Once I determined what mood and scope the pieces should be I needed to come up with an instrument arrangement that would allow me to capture that expression and emotion. When the dust had settled I chose a handful of instrument to comprise the score…the Celtic harp, flute, recorder, oboe, clarinet, tambourine, triangle and nylon (classical) guitar. Additionally, I tried very hard to keep the pieces simple and depended on an emotional performance with each instrument to bring the tracks to life. The main challenge was in keeping the mood cheery but not patronizing the audience with all major key bliss. Simple, elegant and bright were the guiding principles during composition.