Zombies Q&A

July 16, 2010 at 12:49 am | Posted in Video Games | 26 Comments

I’ve still got a few more interviews coming up, but I thought I’d let you all know that I posted a quick Q&A video so I could answer some frequently asked questions about things like sheet music, zombies, and being half Japanese…

Oh, and Tod if you’re reading this: George and I saw our team name!!!!!!

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  1. Cool stuff! Glad to see you got the webcam working properly🙂 People sure asked a lot of (what seems to me, at least) obvious questions😮 Great to see a return of the Yoshi slippers, too!

    • Thanks! Hehe, yeah I know what you mean about the questions😛 For some of them I feel like I’ve already answered them so many times in other places.

  2. I am not a very big fan of tower defense games, but when I played Plants vs Zombies I was so amazed with it, specially with the music of it. I have always liked video game music and I always remember the games from which I have loved the music and PvZ is definetely one of those games for me.

    I found this blog a couple of weeks ago and I admire a lot what you do, one can really notice the effort you put on your work.

    Congrats.

    • Thank-you for checking out my blog, I’m really glad that you enjoyed Plants vs Zombies and its music🙂 It’s always nice when people notice the effort that goes into creative projects.

  3. You’re getting really good at this video thing🙂 Japanese game shows are so funny to watch, and I don’t know how the host stay so eccentric the entire time. What are video are you making next?

    • Haha, I don’t think I am (I don’t even really know how to edit video without messing up the quality)! But thank-you anyway🙂 I don’t know how those gameshow hosts stay so zealous and energetic the whole time either! Must be caffeine, haha😛

      I think for the next video I might try singing “Still Alive.” The only problem is that the live piano is hard to record with the webcam (I have to mute the piano and press the soft pedal so it doesn’t blow out the speakers). For some reason the iPhone handles the piano’s volume just fine though… so it might have something to do with the laptop directly touching the piano.

      • laura, try placing the laptop on top of a foam or a big-enough sponge before putting it on top of the piano.. that will help with the vibration. =)

        i love your musical score and your talent in playing the piano. =)

  4. Yay! Yoshi Slippers again! This time with less falling. Still cute. Thank you for your response video. That is neat that you’ve created a Yoshi motivational poster for yourself.

    • That is neat that you’ve created a Yoshi motivational poster for yourself.

      Ah, I like that! A “Yoshi motivational poster”😛

  5. Dang. If you did Still Alive… wow. I don’t think the world could handle that. I really loved the live PvZ video (it’s why I’m here now) so I’m happy that it’s got such a good response and that we might get more videos like it.

    Thanks very much for being awesome.

    Where did you buy the slippers?

    • Hi Joe, thanks for stopping by! I’m glad you liked the PvZ video… hopefully I’ll be able to sing “Still Alive” without messing it up too much. My boyfriend (George) actually got the slippers for me from this little shop that sells all sorts of stuff from Nintendo, Sanrio, Morning Glory, Studio Ghibli, etc.

  6. Great video! ^^ I was expecting another one of your great interviews but this is just as good! Thanks for clearing up why your dad sounded so strange as a zombie… haha I kind of wondered when I first heard it! That poster is wonderful ^^ it made me smile when you showed it! and yeah! no yoshi is an island! Don’t drown in a sea of not getting help! haha. I’m really looking forward to more of your interviews ^^

    • Thanks! Yeah, I really wanted to clear that up because I noticed a lot of non-Japanese folks didn’t get the reference and ended up criticizing my Dad’s voice acting because they didn’t understand the joke😛 So hopefully now they’ll understand🙂 And I’m glad you’re enjoying the interview series! It’s been really fun to interview these talented ladies.

      • I realize this is the most random place to insert this question (since I asked you your classical influences before…) but what are your contemporary influences? and do you have any goals beyond composing music for video games? just wondering ^_^

        • It’s so tough to list my contemporary influences because I listen to such a wide variety of genres😛 Also these days there are many songs I like, but artists often become one-hit-wonders due to the nature of the internet… people can listen to songs so easily now and play them out much faster than in the 90s… but I’ll try to list some of them off the top of my head: Amerie, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, RHCP, Joe Hisaishi, Bread, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tupac, Boyz II Men, Dave Matthews Band, Missy Elliot, Yasunori Mitsuda, Peter Cetera, Switchfoot, Fastball, Elliot Smith, Matt Maher, Nobuo Uematsu, Sara Bareilles, E40, Lupe Fiasco…

          I think most people have a more condensed list… but it’s really hard for me to narrow it down to a few people, since I feel that I’ve been able to learn things from so many different songs… I’ve learned a lot about beats from hip hop; I’ve learned about melodic construction from video game music and pop; I’ve learned about basslines from RCHP and old Capcom NES games; I’ve learned about singing techniques from people like Johnny Mathis (who can rock a mic even at age 70); I’ve learned about piano from listening to random jazz artists… etc. As you can see, it’s really hard for me to make a short list, haha😛

        • Ah, I just realized that I didn’t respond to the 2nd part of your question… hehe😛 Do I have other goals? Yes I do… I think my biggest goal right now is finishing Melolune (my rpg). I’m about 90% finished, but there’s still a lot left to do. I’ve been working on it for 2.5 years, so I’ll be really happy if I can get it done. Besides that, I’m working with the director of music at Sony Playstation on a side project (a singer-songwriter album), so I’m always thinking of new song ideas for that. There’s a bunch of other things, too… but those are the big ones for now😛

  7. Are you kidding!? You gonna do “Still Alive”? That’s one of my favorite game songs at the moment! Also you mentioned Studio Ghibli, you could try the となりのトトロ song, it’s really fun, and I think it’s perfect for your voice xD
    P.S. Your yoshi poster is great!😀

    • Thank-you! Ah, I love the music from となりのトトロ… the theme that plays when the まっくろくろすけ are leaving is so whimsical and mysterious, I love it! It reminds me of being in Japan when I was younger, and of the beautiful forests there. I actually just recorded “Inochi no Namae” (from Spirited Away) and “Still Alive” last night if you’d like to check it out!

  8. Man, those are some big slippers . . O_O

    I agree with Atreus, most of these questions are quite commonly flagged around😄, though thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions directly! Good luck preparing to sing “Still Alive”! Make sure you also get ample time to rest Laura, don’t stress yourself to much, you should also take some time to meditate as well, or maybe read a interesting book.

    -Stephen

    • Haha, they are pretty big but I think the camera perspective makes them look even bigger, hehe😛 Thank-you for the kind words… I’ve been trying to meditate more when I’m stressed or frustrated, it helps a lot.

  9. Hey did you made the poster

    • I didn’t actually make it, I just took an advertisement for Yoshi’s Island (I think for the GBA or one of the handheld systems) and took it to a copy store to have it enlarged and laminated🙂

  10. Go Team!

    • Woo hoo! So Dan, I’m really curious to hear about this new spoon technology… the one with the bendable straw arms! Hahaha😛

  11. Hi😛 (nice video btw)

    • Thank-you🙂


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