With particular interests in the electric guitar and piano, I currently compose electronic music in a number of different styles and using various methods and workflows.
My strengths lie in being able to place myself within a world that myself or someone else has created and truly feel that environment. I almost attempt to place my current music workstation in a game's world - a building, a room, an outhouse. Somewhere I can take in the surroundings and begin to compose a piece of music.
Listening to other developers talk passionately about what they're currently working on really motivates me and can have a hugely positive effect on one's composition process. I think it's important to have that bond and level of respect between both parties in order to come together to create something truly spectacular.
There is a lot I can bring to the table, especially given my software development background and using that to my advantage within the music, sound and creative space. Whether that's analytical and problem solving transferable skills or the ability to divide-and-conquer any problem put in front of me, the same amount of commitment and concentration into every task that's carried out is always given.
While I deviate more towards music composition, the SFX and overall soundscape for a game can be just as important and actively learn about this more in the practical sense to gather hands-on experience and expand my overall knowledge where possible.
Time after time, I find myself coming back to the music from the Warcraft, Halo, Final Fantasy, Spyro and Pokemon universes. I could name hundreds more but these are the core five that shaped my childhood and experiences with past friends and family. This is based purely on feeling and what emotional connections and ties I have with these game franchises.
Because of this, the core five composers that I look up to the most would be (in no particular order): Nobuo Uematsu, Stewart Copeland, Jeramiah Ross, Martin O'Donnell and Rich Vreeland. Again, there are so many more and I'm probably doing all those others a disservice by listing only five but when I think back through my musical escapades and career, these stand out the most.