What does a dinosaur look like? Video game music composer Chance Thomas in Jessop’s Journal
(DOUG JESSOP’S JESSOP’S JOURNAL – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) Video games have always had a kind of sound to improve the experience. From the tonal blip of “Pong” (yeah, I’m showing my age) to the full orchestras of today, it’s clear that music is an integral part of the video game experience.
In this episode of Jessop’s Diary, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Chance Thomas. Yes, Chance is her real name. You will have to look at history for the origin of its name.
Not only is Chance Thomas a prolific music composer for video games, movies and TV shows, he literally wrote “the book” on how to do this for a living, “Composing Music for Games: Art, Technology and Commerce video game music ‘
You may be familiar with his job and not even realize it. Chance is the guy who created the music for Lord of the Rings Onlinee as well as James Cameron avatar video games. Yeah, those little projects. He even has an Emmy and an Oscar.
I have to admit that a big part of the reason for this interview is because of my youngest son, who as a kid would make me listen to music and guess where it was from, then he would smile and tell me it was was from one of his video games.
In my opinion, a lot of video games are a form of escape where you have to have a certain amount of “Suspension of belief”. Chance gave me the perfect example when we talked about a project he worked on that featured dinosaurs coming towards you. The last time I checked there weren’t many microphones when the dinosaurs were walking around Vernal, Utah. You can see their bones now, but people really don’t know what they looked like.
What do you think a dinosaur approaching you looks like? Chance described being in the mountains working on this project and seeing two trees swaying from each other. He was thinking; “This is what would happen if a dinosaur. I imagine this thing is getting closer and closer. Footsteps, blows, blows. Imagine what it would be like if my house was shaking. What if a T-Rex stuck his head through those trees, right now, and roared at me?
You could say that Chase is an actor of method. As he said; “You put yourself in the emotional state that you need to convey to your audience.” He went on to say; “Music arises from emotion and transmits it.”
Think of this as your personal invitation to watch this entire episode of Jessop’s Diary and share it with someone you know as a good story and maybe even a good video game.
Everyone has a story. I am convinced that “the stories have Power“. Chances are, if you are going through something, someone else probably has it too. The shared experiences that we humans have can help each other. That my friend argues that stories “help us understand each other.”
You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people took more time to find out more about others and where they are from, we might just find out that we have more similarities than differences.
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Everyone has a story. Stories have power. They help us understand each other. With another entry in Jessop’s Journal, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.