Between updates of “Birthday Candles,” I thought it would be fun to share some of the pieces of music that inspire me in crafting it. Most of these directly pertain to Madison, the protagonist; others deal with the story in general. I’ll keep each chapter’s list relatively short– I want to stick to songs that directly pertain to that chapter.
I hope you enjoy! If you have any song suggestions– or see something you like– let me know by leaving a comment. 🙂
Chapter 1: The 1978 Hall of Fame
- “After the Fall”: Two Steps from Hell– TSFH are the masterminds we hear in the scores accompanying lots of movie trailers. Especially if the music is epic, there’s a good chance it’s them. This track is off their Invincible album. It captures a mood similar to the one I wanted to evoke in Madison traveling through familiar yet eerie, bygone terrain in Old Aperture.
- “All In It”: Justin Bieber– before everyone weighs in with opinions of Justin, allow me to say that my choices are more about the story than the artist. That being said, I enjoy listening to some Justin Bieber. “All In It” is a newer song, from his Purpose album. It has the same relaxing yet thoughtful vibe as others in this playlist. The lyrics, minus the monologue at the end, capture what I feel Madison’s attitude to be at this point– even if her focus isn’t 100% admirable.
- “Pompeii”: Jasmine Thompson– This is a cover of a song that’s been around for a while, by Bastille; Jasmine’s rendition is more in line with the emotional feel of Chapter 1. What I really liked is how the lyrics line up with how I want to portray Old Aperture… a little hopeless, a little awe-inspiring, with a lot of history– but not without a glimmer of hope, too.
- “Android Hell”: Aperture Science Psychoacoustic Laboratories– This track is actually off the Portal 2 soundtrack album, Songs to Test By. I love the mood for this chapter (and now I’m going to try to say something unique about this one XD). The thing is, Madison is in a rut: she’s trying to stay positive, but around her is constant, static inactivity. Nothing down in Old Aperture is relevant anymore– and she feels she isn’t, either. In a way, it’s like she’s still in stasis; this track seems to convey that something’s wrong, and I think it definitely fits for that reason.
All right, that’s it for this chapter! I hope you guys enjoyed that little interlude. Keep watching for the second chapter, and let me know what you think. Talk to you soon. 🙂