Interview With Alexander Brandon
I have a sort of new video for you. Several months back, Tom White (from Weird Videogames) met composer Alexander Brandon at a convention and set up an interview with him to which I was invited to. We proceeded to ask him a bunch of questions, Tom was in possession of the footage and has finally edited it all together and put it up on his channel. The interview ended up being more technical than I anticipated, so it may not be for everyone, but some may find it interesting. For those that find it too dry, Tom also put together his own special edit here that you might like more.
For those that don’t know, Alexander Brandon is one of my favorite composers and has done fantastic work for games like Tyrian, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex, Jazz Jackrabbit 2, along with lots of other music. He was a lot of fun to talk to and exudes this personality like there’s no stopping him. Also since he was the audio director on Deus Ex: Invisible War, I got to ask him what happened with the music direction for that game (that part is towards the end). Also, when we interviewed him, he was currently available for composing music for game creators. I don’t know his rates, but if you’re working on a game, it’s possible you could hire him to compose music for it. I think he mentioned his contact information in the video (also towards the end), but it’s been several months since I did this, so I don’t remember for certain.
All in all, he was a cool guy, his music is still great, and I think I would enjoy his unrestrained vision of the original Unreal.