Johnny Hollow

•November 25, 2008 • Leave a Comment

It isn’t very often that I get this excited when discovering new musical acts. The latest band I have had the pleasure of coming across is ‘Johnny Hollow’. They are a very awesome blend of Goth, Ambient & Electronica. Personally I don’t think the 3 of those genres does an explanation of their sound any justice. They are unique and I have really enjoyed listening to them over the last few days. I discovered them through the artist My Pet Skeleton, which I have been a fan of for quite some time, but never really saw a connection between both, until recently.
Currently only one of their albums is available on iTunes. I can not seem to find their most recent release for sale via digital download. It is however, on their site for streaming, but not of the best quality of course.
I don’t know exactly what it is about them that strikes me. Maybe it’s partly due to that fact that it brings me back to my youth listening to bands with this sort of sound, or maybe it strikes a chord with that section of my mind that I feel so comfortable in. You know, like when you find that right piece of clothing, that you feel and look your best in, that you feel the most comfortable and invincible. This style of music sort of massages the creative area of my mind. The place i like to go prior to starting projects, or even where i like to spend my time during projects, whether for inspiration or just for the nurturing of the creative organism.
Anyway, that is it for now. I just wanted to share this little find.

*edit- also i wanted to comment on how awesome their site is.

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"In the Studio with.."

•November 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Music4games.net has included me in there “In the Studio with..” series. Head on over to check out the Q&A!

“In the Studio with Kevin Riepl”

There’s no "I" in GOW2

•November 12, 2008 • 2 Comments

I just wanted to write a quick note.
I am extremely appreciative and thankful for all the emails to me from the fans of GOW, these last few days, addressing my contribution to the first Gears of War and not for the sequel. Many of you asked why I was not part of the sequel. It is basically as simple as creative differences. The music I was creating for the sequel was not the direction Epic was looking to go in. There is nothing wrong with that and without going too deep into it, as bummed as I was about it, I respected their decision. I am sure you’ve heard this happen many times in both the video game and film industry. People just move in different creative directions.

In recent interviews it’s been stated, that a bunch of guys at EPIC were pretty big fans of Steve Jablonsky and whose style is quite different from mine. So they made an effort to obtain his services. I am not at liberty to give details as to how things happened, but all I am going to say is that I am honored to be a part of such a franchise especially at it’s birth.

As far as I know, Epic and I are still on good terms and I certainly hope to work with them in the future.

If this is not enough to help settle anything that was in question…I can only point you to Epic’s Forums as a place to voice your concerns.

*some of the ambient music I did write, for GoW2 did end up in the game, however, I am not sure which ones and where.

Again…thank you all for the emails and kind words…I do read everything and I appreciate it.
Stay well,
-KR

UT3 Music Tracks

•July 9, 2008 • 8 Comments

Below are the 3 tracks I wrote for the ‘in-game’ music for UT3, that were not included with the release. As a result of many emails asking when I will post them, I figured I would finally throw them up for your listening pleasure…I apologize it has taken so long to share these clips. HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!!

*07-10-08 I also just added a few more demo tracks created for UT3 for E3 demonstrations and the original PS3 cinematic demo of the UE3 engine.

*the little arrow to the right of each track enables you to download them, but for some reason it only opens them up in a new window. I couldn’t get it to bring up a ‘Save As..”

UT3 in-game tracks

•June 23, 2008 • 5 Comments

Below are the 3 tracks I wrote for the ‘in-game’ music for UT3, that were not included with the release. As a result of many emails asking when I will post them, I figured I would finally throw them up for your listening pleasure…I apologize it has taken so long to share these clips. HOPE YOU ENJOY!!!!

*07-10-08 I also just added a few more demo tracks created for UT3 for E3 demonstrations and the original PS3 cinematic demo of the UE3 engine.

*the little arrow to the right of each track enables you to download them, but for some reason it only opens them up in a new window. I couldn’t get it to bring up a ‘Save As..”

BLAH

•April 23, 2008 • 3 Comments

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Unreal Tournament III

•April 22, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Music Kevin created for all the cinematics in Unreal Tournament III, are now posted on the music page. Head over to check out the music that accompanies the ground breaking visuals of the UT3 cut scenes.