Kaverini Staff Member Spotlight: Andrew Struck-Marcell
Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be talking with various people contributing to the upcoming “Kaverini: Nuuk Adventures”! Andrew Struck-Marcell, an arranger of several tracks in the soundtrack, speaks about the wonders of sound, music, JRPG’s, virtual reality horror games, and heavy advice for our times!
- Seems that you are contributing to a lot of interesting and varied games! Describe some of them!
One is a VR Horror game/experience where you try to survive being trapped in a chair within a creepy room, another I might be working on soon is a VR shooter involving your favorite holiday characters.
- How did your career start and what inspired it?
I started writing music in my teens because, I suppose, it was the thing I enjoyed, or that spoke to me, the most.
- What musical pieces have you composed or arranged that you have been the most proud of?
I have a concert piece for two percussionists in which I really like the music, the concept, and the movement choreography I had the percussionists do.
- What are some of your most profound musical influences?
From Game music, the famous 16-bit JRPGs from Squaresoft and the Mother games. From concert music, Feldman, Takemitsu. From Indian classical music, Nikhil Banerjee.
- What are some of your favorite video games or software programs in general?
Above noted JRPGs. My digital audio workstation of choice is Logic; I also love Sound Hack for some cool, very specific processing it can do.
- If someone were to go down your career path, what advice would you give them?
Nurture your connections early and regularly, and always be making things.
- What’s something that you’d like to share about yourself that not many people know?
Some of my favorite sounds are crowd noises. I love the sound of live sporting events.
- Any advice for future generations, generally speaking?
We’re tribalistic, but that also means we need each other.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us! Have a look at Andrew’s work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewstruck-marcell