Dragonvale Music: New & Improved For 2.0
One of the most successful games in my career, and soundtracks I have ever created has been DragonVale. DragonVale has seen 25 million downloads, 750+ consecutive days in the Top 50 grossing charts, 600 million dragons hatched, and 38 thousand years of collective time spent in the game. 4.5 million monthly users currently participate in the dragon hatching mania! With statistics like these, millions of fans and a successful soundtrack on iTunes you would think enough was enough. Well, not for me. The major release of Dragonvale 2.0 provided an opportunity for me to take the music in the game to the next level.
The “Dragonvale Main Theme” and all the background music tracks have been remixed and performed using real instruments, not digital samples! Oh yeah! This was huge undertaking and the results were worth the effort. Originally, I composed the music by using digital instrument samples with the idea that eventually I would get them recorded with real instruments before it shipped. However, as it always seems to happen, I ran out of time as other Backflip Studios games needed my services too. I intended to rectify that for 2.0 and in the end I am really satisfied with the added value to the game. It really does feel more heartwarming and happy and the added nuance and artistry goes well with the high overall production values in the game.
Although I play many different instrument at a professional level, I have never taken on the challenge of learning to play the instruments in the woodwind family. This presented a bit of a problem for me as much of my compositions for DragonVale featured Flute, Medieval Recorder, Penny Whistle and English Horn. Clearly I needed some help but where to turn? Enter, Laura Intravia (a.k.a. Flutelink). Laura did a steller job performing the tracks and I will certainly be hiring her for recording sessions in the future. I also appreciate her deciphering my sheet music notation without too much complaint!
If you don’t already play Dragonvale, take a moment to download the free Dragonvale app today. It’s available on both iOS and Android. Not only will the soundtrack delight you but the game is a blast.
(I will be posting a before/after clip soon)