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GameZone has published a new interview with Jeff Tymoshuk, creator of the music for the upcoming Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness. The Q&A offers insight into the creation of the game's music as well as discussion of Tymoshuk's other musical creations.

Penny Arcade is one of the most unique properties around, starting as a comic that mocked our favorite video games. When you heard it was becoming a video game, what are some of the things that went through your head in regards to how it should sound?
Jeff Tymoschuk: My familiarity with the Penny Arcade before getting the gig was pretty limited, but once I found out that I’d be pitching for it I spent a good chunk of time going through the archived strips and reading as much as I could about it. Right away, I found the strip to be really funny, and more than anything else I was curious about what sort of approach the game was going to be taking.
I knew from my conversations with Adam Gejdos (the audio director at Hothead Games) that they were setting it in the 1920s, and were looking for something a little off-center, so my first demos had a bit of a vaudeville jazz feel to them, but with sort of a Muppet Show/Mos Eisley Cantina band take on it. Because the music could’ve gone in so many different directions, I decided to take some of the parameters that I was given and just have a good time with the tunes, rather than over-analyzing how appropriate the music would be for the gameplay. There would be plenty of time for that later! Stylistically, the music in the game ended up being quite a bit different than the demos, but it was a good place to start.
For the full interview head over to the site below.

GameZone: Penny Arcade Adventures Music Q&A
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