Interviewee Rafael Dyll announces hiatus from game industry

Earlier today, we released an interview with Rafael Dyll, composer of titles such as Rainbow Moon, Gunlord, and the Soldner-X series. While the article had a largely reflective note, it did give some hints into his future. Shortly after the completion of the interview, Dyll announced that he is going on hiatus from game composing due to his limited time availability and struggles for inspiration. He revealed the following:

“In the last few years, I have worked freelance on some 14 games, with music for PlayStation, Dreamcast, PC, iPhone and more. 2014, I joined a 13-employee strong video production studio as the general manager, responsible for all business and staff. With my time limited and lots of responsibility, I have also found that my musical drive has begun to loose momentum. Going from electronic beats in some games to fantasy scores for others has literally left me musically empty. Despite all the equipment at my disposal, I find it hard to find new inspiration, often feeling unhappy with my ideas and sounds. I guess that’s the bitter-sweet result of creating some 250 individual pieces of music in 5 years. So after many thoughts, I have decided to take a break from commercial video game freelancing. “


However, it isn’t all bad news. With the time this frees up, the artist will now start to put effort into composing music unrelated to games, including electronic projects and potentially vocal music. He also has several new soundtracks coming out in the future, namely Ghost Blade, Rainbow Skies, and a new IP. He concluded his message with the following:

“At the same time, as some know, I have always wanted to put more effort into my own music, non-related to games. I am keen on finally producing own material for house, club, trance fans and hope to find more energy and soul in using my free time to create something more personal. So in the end the “bad” news has ups: Ghost Blade will be my swan game music project for a while and I hope to come up with some cool dance tracks in the future. Plus there are some 14 pieces I wrote for Rainbow Skies and another unreleased and completely finished game soundtrack coming sometime. Thank you everyone for listening to my stuff and keep watching this space for more news on where things are heading with my new musical me.”

Posted on May 23, 2015 by Chris Greening. Last modified on May 23, 2015.


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I've contributed to websites related to game audio since 2002. In this time, I've reviewed over a thousand albums and interviewed hundreds of musicians across the world. As the founder and webmaster of VGMO -Video Game Music Online-, I hope to create a cutting-edge, journalistic resource for all those soundtrack enthusiasts out there. In the process, I would love to further cultivate my passion for music, writing, and generally building things. Please enjoy the site and don't hesitate to say hello!

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