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HIVESWAP: ACT 2 Original Soundtrack - Commentary

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HIVESWAP: ACT 2 Original Soundtrack Listen on: Bandcamp, YouTube (playlist)

James Roach: (Twitter, 11/26/2020)

the hiveswap OST is up on bandcamp, the main bulk of the tracks are collaborations between toby and i, but the trial music was done by @barkbarkclark! check it out!

James Roach: (Twitter, 11/27/2020)

ok answerin a few questions:

here is a breakdown of the OST that i made a while ago

im not in charge of this so, grain of salt, but i THINK yes they are planning to eventually put it on various streaming services

we will probably not be doing a robust OST commentary this time

tempest2k: (Twitter, 11/27/2020)

oh wonderful, i was mostly spot on

James Roach: (Twitter, 11/27/2020)

i feel like its pretty easy to tell but since neither of us are really that pedantic about it we just default to both of our names. but i wanted to make sure clark got their day in the sun because they did a really incredible job.

Clark Powell: (Twitter, 11/25/2020)

i wrote some songs for this! if you check it out you might hear why my youtube algorithm recommends me nothing but ace attorney soundtracks now

Quasar Nebula: (wiki editor)

thanks to tempest2k for helping out with track metadata and creating a remix of the official cover art which better matches the Hiveswap Act 1 OST cover, featured below:

tempest2k: (alternate cover art)

Homestead Listen on: Bandcamp, YouTube

James Roach: (SoundCloud, as commentary for music from Hiveswap Friendsim)

this track presented a unique problem in that i didn't want to write it at the time. I had written a really somber and melancholic track for the area outside the hive (the farm in the concept art) and changing it into something a little goofier and weird presented a unique difficulty for me. I just didn't know what to do for the first time in like actual YEARS i had no idea where to even start. I kept at it for a very long time and eventually just muscled through it with sheer force of will. People often ask me the hardest track or my least favorite to work on. it was this one. silver lining: its also become one of my favorites. i love how it came out. thats the power of determination. did you know you can't say determination anymore.

this was written for, yes, the fabled beekeeper troll that nobody will talk about. its become some sort of myth as to what happened to her but the truth isn't that exciting. in early hiveswap days each member of the crew got to "pick" a character that they could choose one design element of. The person who picked beekeeper just had a fantroll based off of herself. they also just... drew micro/macro porn of themselves? a power move, honestly. I met them in person and they offered me weed within literal minutes of meeting so i mean i guess they seemed nice. when they no longer worked for the company it was just simpler to redesign the character than deal with literally any of that. mystewy sowved :)

at the point in production where they were figuring out names/personalities/traits they kinda thrust this one on me because it "would make the most people angry." beekeeper troll was beloved by a very specific kind of horny dude. you know the kind that regularly says "lewds" or w/e. nothin wrong with that i guess. chase your bliss. but in an effort by my SO CALLED FRIENDS to antagonize me, they were like "heh h h e h he e e he h what if we make this cute girl character that hornyboys love into a dumpy little round dude and then say we based him off james who they already do not like."

thanks guys.

anyway zebede's bullet points and even his name are references to me but thats kinda where it ends. st. james son of zebedee is also known as santiago, which is my birthname. the tongva were "maybe" the indigenous people of long beach, where i live, which is "too far to visit" which is a joke about The Greater Los Angeles Area. I live 20 minutes away. cowards.

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