I figured that starting out with a fact couldn’t hurt. Unless, of course, you’re reading this in a month that isn’t March, which would make the title of this post both false, and useless.

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Last fall we at Word of Mouth Indie Games decided we should make a game, and the best way to do that was a simulated (and probably healthier) game jam. We planned a date a few months ahead of time, and spent each Saturday until then planning what this game would be. On that date, we knew the structure of the game we wanted, what it was about (who it was about), and had some very basic setup to smoothen out the process of creating it.

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The Maven

One of the first shorts my father created and start of a series that rewords poems, The Maven, based of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, was my first attempt at writing music for film. I wrote this music right at the beginning of my time at college; I hadn’t learned any of the techniques used to align music with film nor the music theory of what makes Baroque music. Listening back to it now it still turned out surprisingly well!

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I was recently asked by the wonderful Olivia Newman to commission a Movement (form of dance) piece to be performed in a rendition of the play Good Kids by Naomi Lizuka. It is with great pleasure I present Kids These Days.

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…until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”

I think that line came from some book, or something important at the very least.

Geralt of Rivia

Weird fact: I originally had little interest to play any of The Witcher series. At first glance I believed Geralt to be too bland a character, but it turns out he’s not. Now, I will never understand myself for not wanting to be a fantasy bounty hunter kicking monster butt and swinging a silver sword.

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Waterfall

“Imagine that you some how have made it deep in the ocean. You find this incredible underwater cave that you can’t help but explore. You can hear water falling and dripping around you and what might sound like music in the distance.

Waterfall describes this cave.”

I had a lot of fun writing this piece. I started out with the idea of using sounds of water falling and creating a piece out of it, and it turned into this. Believe it or not I didn’t actually record water falling out of an impossible cave, but the multitude of recorded clips came either from my trumpet (in some form) or passing water between two mugs.

zachberglund dot com v2.0

You know what was a sick game + soundtrack?

Well hello again! Welcome to the new and improved zachberglund.com–I hope you like it. I wanted something that was brighter, displayed myself better, and looked more professional and snazzy.
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Excerpts from Eld

One of my best friends and great artist, Hyuk Chang, started planning out this fantasy world. It really caught my attention and I wanted to put the ideas he was throwing at me into music so I wrote these “Excerpts From Eld” for sax duet. At the time I really wanted to write for Sax, and I felt a Sax duet would be fantastic instrumentation to describe this world. It’s split into 6 small movements titled in order:
1. The Assan
2. The Assan Crown
3. Rak’shi
4. The Swamp of Life
5 The Umbra
6. The Maw

There is a movement for each race and the location they would be found in Eld.