As a composer for games who is often in charge of sound budgets, I’ve thought a lot about music artists from outside the game industry that I’d love to get involved in composing for games. Both my dream picks that will probably never happen and great picks that are actually feasible to grab for a feature or two. So far I’ve been able to get rapper Sammus for a feature on the credits song of Read Only Memories. For the fighting game Cerebrawl, I’m courting some underground hip-hop artists I loved growing up to kind of create a personal dream team soundtrack. I want to make game music quirkier and better by going this route.
But let’s talk about scenarios with a limitless musical budget, for fun. What music artist would you love to have as a guest composer on a video game? You can specify the type of game if you want. Some of the ones I’d love:
Fat Jon (of Samurai Champloo fame) on an action game
Kamasi Washington (modern jazz legend) on a first person narrative exploration type game, or a highly visual experience like Journey. Holy shit, that would be my shit.
The Neptunes doing a rhythm game
Aphex Twin doing absolutely anything