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The Music Behind Arms Race

Arms Race

The Music Behind Arms Race

Howdy Handsome Music Moshers! Sam here, the musical arm and composer for Handsome Dragon Games. Let me share with you an insight to the music behind Arms Race.

When we began making Arms Race, we knew the outrageous concept of arm-wrestling presidents had to be larger than life. The thought of two heads of state competing in a diplomatic grudge match is exciting and comical, so the music had to help make the gameplay an exhilarating, frantic-feast of button-mashing mayhem!

Pro Tools

80’s Hair Metal was the main inspiration for the music, as I felt that Arms Race had to hark back to the excitement of retro arcades. The feeling of fast paced music and flashing lights that once stimulated and compelled audiences to put more coins in the coin-slot had to make an appearance in Arms Race, to compel anyone playing to mash harder than they ever had before.

A funny musical feature that you will notice when you play is the Elevator Music for the Menu-Screen, a concept that our handsome leader and Game Designer, Jack Kuskoff had. Jack knew that the game had to really make you excited and the Elevator Music was a perfect idea to lull you into a false sense of calm before the impact of the audacious rock music makes an entrance and the arms start to fly!

To compose music for Handsome Dragon Games, I use a combination of recorded instruments and MIDI sequences that trigger sample libraries from Native Instruments. I put it all together in Pro Tools and you might even say that Pro Tools is the armoury in my creative arsenal! If you would like an in depth explanation of the technical process behind making music and composing with MIDI then feel free to check out my personal website.

With less than two weeks go until release, the Arms Race is on! I know the whole team is as excited as I am and can’t wait to get it into your hands (arms). Before parting, let me ask you a question:

If you could use anyone’s arms for a day, whose would they be?

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3 Feb 2017

Announcing… Arms Race!

Announcing… Arms Race! Hey there you Handsome Haberdashers! We’re back, and we’ve got a brand new game for your arsenal:

Arms Race!

So brace yourselves, because a Cold War is ablaze! The US and the Soviet Union are engaged in a constant contest of one-upmanship. The world teeters on the brink of mutually assured destruction, such that Humanity could be wiped out if your grandmother so much as sneezed. But the political processes have become cumbersome and ineffective; it seems nothing can put an end to the mounting tension. Realising this, to end the arms race once and for all, the two superpowers have resorted to the ways of the past, a show of strength, integrity, and honour… An Arm Wrestle.

We’re bringing you a two-player, head-to-head party game that’s all about mashing buttons and overpowering your opponent. It’s going to be an intense, all-out duel between two global super-powers, with plenty of surprises too.

We’ll also be bringing you weekly updates along the way, from various members of the team, each taking a more technical and in-depth look at their unique disciplines within the game. But more about that when we get to them.

We don’t have a specific release date at the moment, but you can expect this to be hitting your computers within the next month. And the best part? It’ll be totally free! What’s not to love?
So find yourself a worthy opponent and get working on those twitch reflexes; This is going to be a hell of a fight.
So, who are you going to take on first?
27 Jan 2017