Category Archives: Interviews

“People think of scary music whenever they hear my name” – An interview with Level and Gain

Though Jason has become widely recognized as a composer of horror music, his work on games such as Polyarc’s Moss demonstrates his ability to write music for a variety genres. Jason discusses this aspect of his career and more in an interview with Level and Gain. Read the full interview.

Interview with gamemusic.net

Check out this recent interview with gamemusic.net, where Jason describes aspects of his compositional approach to games such as The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan, Until Dawn, Moss, Dead Space, and Far Cry Primal.
Read the full interview.

GDC 2020 Presentations

Jason is participating in two sessions at the 2020 Game Developers Conference:

  • Fascinating Rhythm: Bending the Power of Drums and Groove to Your Will
    In this session, Jason will break down his rhythmic approach to composing music from a drummer’s perspective, including creative patterns for drums/percussion and writing orchestral action music in odd time signatures. Topics will include musical phrasing and its impact on gameplay, creating grooves that support the in-game action and how properly layering rhythms can build to a satisfying interactive game experience.
    More info on GDC website.
  • The Art of Rejection
    Five composers will bring to light the realities of the composer demo process, with a specific emphasis on the MANY times they have each been rejected. The conversation will cover the emotional and professional aspects of rejection, as well as the more controversial aspects of this practice (such as accepting unpaid demos, as well as undertaking large expenses in the process).
    More info on GDC website.

2019 In Review: A Conversation with WSHU Public Radio

2019 has been an incredibly busy year. In an interview with Kate Remington for WSHU Public Radio, Jason discusses his work on projects from the year, including Dark Pictures: Man of Medan from Supermassive Games, DC’s Swamp Thing, and the Moss: Twilight Garden DLC. Listen to the full interview here.

iDigital Times – Farlands

“VR gaming is the new craze sweeping the industry, and fundamentally changes how games get made. Sure, it seems pretty obvious that a developer would have to account for using a VR headset instead of a controller, but there are other, less obvious changes as well, like the soundtrack.” Read the full interview here.

WSHU – Farlands

“‘Relaxing’ isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you listen to Jason Graves’ award-winning scores, including his visceral music for Far Cry Primal, The Order 1886, and of course, the terrifying Dead Space series. The developers of Farlands, a launch title for Oculus Rift, asked Jason for a playful score to help create the mood. As you’ll hear in our conversation, Jason found writing this OST a surprising change of pace.” Listen to the full interview.