Music Video for “Save or Die”

Not too long ago, in this very galaxy, I wrote a song about that pivotal moment in gaming where it all comes down to the final toss of the dice. In old skool Dungeons & Dragons, Save or Die was a term used for extreme situations where a character’s life depended on a single roll. Those moments can be extremely intense, and the song is a tribute to that intensity.

The video was shot on an iPhone using a mix of normal video and timelapse. Shooting it was unplanned – I was feeling distracted after a night of very little sleep, and thought I’d play around with shooting timelapse stop motion, pushing a few dice around. After watching the first clip I got the idea of turning it into something else… I toned and processed it to match the mood of the tune and added floaty lyrics for cheese (and for bonus cheese, I used avQest aka “the Diablo font”).

If you like, you can download “Save or Die” via Bandcamp.

On a related note, I released a brand new song just yesterday called “Tale of The Farmer’s Daughter”. No video for that (yet?) but do check that and my other tracks out on the Words & Music page.

Presenting: Save or Die

“Save or Die” is inspired by one of the tensest moments in gaming. That last chance, where everything comes down to this one final roll of the dice. Usually, when it gets to this point, it’s because things have already gone to hell. If you’ve ever played roleplaying games, you know what I’m talking about.

Whenever I have an idea for a song, I record it as a voice memo on my phone. Sometimes it will just be a line or two, sometimes it’s a chord progression or a melody. Yesterday, I stumbled across the outline of a song without any lyrics attached – just humming where the words were supposed to go. I started typing whatever wanted to come out, and after a few hours of work – I had a song!

I suppose this is nerd rock. I’ve been inspired to try writing some songs like this for a while; since the busking session at Emerald City Comic Con especially (see the post on ECCC for more on that). I love getting inspired by talented people!

The song is free, unless you want to pay for it. Get it on Bandcamp and check out my other songs in the shop.