Did you know that the GuitarBots soundtrack contains more than 60 unique songs, performed by both robots and live musicians?
While most of the instruments are played by machines programmed by our in-house composer and audio engineer Markus Pajakkala, there are also lots of real instrument tracks to spice up the mix and make it more organic:
In addition to the basic band instruments you can hear for example the bass clarinet, tin whistle and accordion. For some special tracks we’ve used external musicians to do stuff we couldn’t do ourselves. To give credit to these fantastic musicians, here is a short description of who they are and what they do:
All female vocal tracks in the game are performed by Saara Jokiaho, a talented finnish singer and actress. She works mainly in the music theatre field but is also using her acting skills in another Helsinki-based entertainment industry startup. Saara sings the lead parts on Playing in the Park, Open Skies, Gazing at the Stars and Rap Robots, and background vocals on the Update Song and Celtic Bots.
Tero Hyväluoma is a renowned violinist and folk musician who plays anything from finnish folk music and bluegrass to heavy rock, performing with bands like Snekka, Frigg, Hot’n’Tot and Korpiklaani. Teros fiddling can be heard in Celtic Bots, Russkii Robot and El Condor Pasa.
Tapani Luojus plays the accordion on Celtic Bots and Russkii Robot. He is an experienced teacher and performer, continuing the long tradition of finnish accordion playing.
But let’s not forget to credit the Ovelin music team for the rest of the instruments. As mentioned earlier, Markus is responsible for programming all the software instruments, plus recording, mixing and mastering. But in addition, he also plays all the wind instruments (saxophones, flutes, bass clarinet, tin whistle, harmonica), keyboards and percussion and sings vocals in many of the songs, e.g. Robot City and Anarchy in the A.I. Outside Ovelin, Markus realizes his artistic ambitions in Poutatorviand Utopianisti.
I’m mainly responsible for the overall design of the music content and individual levels, but also play electric guitars on many tracks and sing vocals on e.g. House of the Rising Sun and the Valentine Song. Outside Ovelin I’m a passionate musician, performing mainly with Solaz and Popup.
Enjoy the music and dig the Robot Band, but remember that behind every mechanic musician or virtual performer, there is always human performance.
The author of the post, Joaquin Hernandez, is the music education wizard extraordinaire at Ovelin ltd, the developer of GuitarBots. He makes the impossible possible for aspiring guitarists.