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Composer Interview: Ben Steed

inseason_banner_1500x500_avecToday, I am very happy to welcome friend and composer Ben Steed, to discuss about his newly released EP In Season (Windfallen). Ben Steed is a British video game composer, chiptune artist and ambient producer who releases music under several monikers including Windfallen, 海NET and his own name.

Ben Steed.

Ben Steed.

You can find more information about him on his official website, Band Camp, Sound Cloud, Twitter and Facebook.

NG: What prompted you to create this EP in the first place?
Be: For some time I have wanted to take a step onwards from the previous projects I had been working on, mostly under my own name. With this new project, Windfallen, I wanted to take a fresh approach towards compositional styles and themes, with more focused sound sets and atmospheres. This EP has evolved hand-in-hand with the various video game projects I have been working on this past year, and I feel that writing this EP has informed my contribution to these projects, just as much as they have informed the development of the EP.

NG: Does this EP have specific inspirations from other composers or musical pieces?
Ben: There are countless artists out there who have inspired what I do and continue to inspire with this new EP, that it would be a disservice to those who I don’t mention. But I will say that this EP, and project in general, has taken a great deal of inspiration from the chiptune and video game music communities. Credit is due to the fantastic Chiptunes=WIN online collective for their inspiration, encouragement and collaboration. I really recommend their compilations.

NG: What inspired you for your choice of artwork to accompany this EP?
Ben: Luis Felipe Ocampo is a fantastic artist who I have worked with on many occasions. His artistic style is always so striking and full of depth, and he’s not afraid to bring his own suggestions and flavour to the table. I knew I wanted the EP to be themed around Autumn, and the artwork had to reflect that. I feel that the cover really represents not only the EP’s direction, but the entire Windfallen aesthetic as it current stands; warm, solemn, maturing.

NG: Do you plan to make other “seasonal” creations?
Ben: I do have the intention to make a Spring follow-up. We’ll see how that goes!

NG: Is there one musical piece you wish you had composed yourself?
Ben: There are no pieces I wish I had composed myself, but there are countless pieces out there that I adore. Right now I’m completely in love with the album 新しい日の誕生 (The Birth of a New Day) by 2814.

NG: Can you tell us more about your other current projects?
Ben: Right now I’m in the process of setting up a digital and cassette record label with the aim to release deep ambient and drone, and I hope to have it fully launched in a couple of months. Best way to keep up to date would be on my Twitter and blog. The aim is to present a dreamy, oceanic, ‘escapist’ aesthetic with the music I plan to release on this label. I’m really excited and have a lot of high hopes for it. I already co-own a multi-genre netlabel, PegasiaMusic, that releases music frequently for free download.

Regarding my own music, I’ve been venturing into the world of the ever-ambiguous genre of vaporwave and have been working on a few things in the scene under the moniker 海NET (SeaNET). I also have a few anonymous projects floating about.

NG: How would you feel about composing book trailer music?
Ben: I’ve written music for a few books already and it’s really fun! I enjoy different approaches to composition, and themes for books are always an interesting context for composing.

NG: Thank you very much for accepting this interview, Ben. I am sure my readers will be glad to find out more about your music!

Upcoming Interviews: Author Rose B. Fischer and Composer Ben Steed

This upcoming Friday, #Scifi Women Interviews returns with September’s guest Rose B. Fischer.

On Tuesday 29th, the blog will feature another interview, this time with composer Ben Steed.

In the meantime, I am happy to announce that editing is progressing on my upcoming (2016 release) nonfiction book Women of Flesh and Steel.

Have a good day!

Photo credit: Jeff Sheldon.

Photo credit: Jeff Sheldon.

New Star Wars Fan Video: We Must Live

We Must Live

Background by Rose B. Fischer.

This has been a busy year! I only got to make my first 2015 fan video end of May. We Must Live is a vidlet featuring clips from the two released Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teasers. There is only one extremely short clip I didn’t use! The music is by a new French artist I discovered and like a lot, Marina Kaye. I made this for my father’s birthday and recently posted it to YouTube. I hope you enjoy it!

Monday Music – Halestorm

I discovered Halestorm a few years ago, thanks to my heart sister. My love for the band hasn’t stopped since then. I’ve stopped counting how many hours I spent listening to this band. For this week’s Monday Music edition, I picked Here’s To Us. This song speaks to me so much. I love the lyrics and how they talk about how we can make it through the storm, no matter what. I think of hope, perseverance, good times in the eye of the storm, friendship.

Have a good week!

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Monday Music – Gloria Estefan

I love Gloria Estefan. I particularly enjoy her upbeat titles that make me want to dance across the room. I discovered her thanks to the title I chose for this week’s Monday Music: Mi Tierra. I heard it in the movie Fools Rush In (and will always remember Salma Hayek dancing in her kitchen while cooking in the particular scene! I for sure have danced in my own kitchen listening to this song!) I think I bought the album the song is featured on weeks after watching the movie!

Have a wonderful week!

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Monday Music – Florence + The Machine

I heard several songs by Florence + The Machine in the recent years but none has stuck with me like Breath of Life has. This song, from Snow White and the Huntsman‘s soundtrack has a hypnotic vibe to me. I love the beat and the lyrics and it is one of these tunes I can have on repeat for hours for inspiration while writing. It also was a very suitable end credit song for the movie, which I liked a lot.

Have a great week!

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