Um português que trabalha no mundos dos videojogos
Encontrei esta entrevista de mais um português que tem desenvolvido o seu trabalho também na área dos videojogos, neste caso mais especificamente na construção de musicas.
“Fans of certain beloved Sega franchises should be very familiar with this composer’s name by now. Tee Lopes started out on the VGM scene releasing remixed and reimagined versions of some of gaming’s most beloved music, with a special focus on one blue hedgehog in particular, and his compositions and arrangements now sit alongside those of series legends such as Masato Nakamura, Jun Senoue and Yuzo Koshiro in the Sonic canon.
His talent and passion garnered the attention of the right people over the last decade, and in recent years he’s supplied the soundtrack for the brilliant Sonic Mania (a game that’s now four-years-old!) as well as the Mr. X Nightmare DLC for Streets of Rage 4, and his work will also be heard in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge and Metal Slug Tactics. If you’ve got a retro revival in the works and want to capture the spirit of a treasured series while also taking the audio to new and exciting places, it seems Tee Lopes is your go-to composer.
We kick off the Nintendo Life Video Game Music Fest — a season of VGM-focused features and interviews — with an email chat with Tee where we asked him about how he started out, how he goes about crafting new music for retro-inspired titles, and his first experience with the Sonic series…
I come from a small town in Portugal, and growing up, my access to music was very limited. We only had four TV channels and a local radio station, which mostly played whatever was popular at the time, and there wasn’t a music store for miles. Because of this, video games were like a dimensional portal that allowed me to discover music I wouldn’t have heard anywhere else. Especially Japanese music, which I immediately identified with.
My list of influences is long, but I’ll mention a few names: Jun Senoue, Michiru Yamane, Nobuo Uematsu, Harumi Fujita, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Yuzo Koshiro, Shusaku Uchiyama, and many others. I can’t say my tastes have changed (and I’ve put that to the test), but they’ve certainly evolved and expanded. A lot of the stuff I find interesting nowadays probably would’ve sounded too odd to me some years ago.