Having a ten year old son in the house has seriously evoked my appetite for gaming. In between the many intense hours practicing guitar I spent a decent chunk of my teens in arcade halls playing stuff like Galaxian, Hyper Olympics and Gorf. Now the Eklundh household has two groovy gaming setups: one in the living room with a Nintendo Switch and a PS4 (as well as a PS3) and one in the studio with a warp-speed PC.
A good game for me is all about the vibe. Valve's absolutely brilliant Portal 2, released in 2011, is something I return to time after time. (Will we ever see the return of GLaDOS?)
When composing music I always have vivid images in the big pagan head; life, literature, art, films and needless to say, games. Every now and then I might squeeze out music inspired by what the son and I currently play that is not necessarily the freaky solo things I do nor Freak Kitchen but... Game Guitar!
Longing for GLaDOS is included in the Freak Guitar - Growing Your Own Moustache VII download package with a full and stripped version plus notation. (Featuring Gabriel Eklundh on trumpet).
Growing Your Own Moustache - Volume 7
On is the evil twin of last year's massive track Off, only ten minutes longer and a great deal more challenging. Clocking in on 30 minutes and consisting of three movements On is blazing the trail, packed with exhilarating rhythms and unconventional techniques that will keep you occupied for quite a while. Featuring the strange oral sounds of Bardo the gigantic German shepherd and the wonderful voice of animation genius Ben Rush.
Longing for GLaDOS is inspired by the (ever so thought-provoking) Valve game Portal 2 with its catchy finger picked, 80's sounding keyboard hook. It's also includes a rather benign introduction to Indian korvais (reduction structures) in its mid-section.
Kaputt is sheer picking silliness over occasional outbursts in Russian. Good fun!
Volume 7 of Growing Your Own Moustache also contains notation and playback versions of several tunes from Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord and the first Art Metal album.
01. On (30:00)
02. On - stripped (30:00)
03. Longing for GLaDOS (4:28)
04. Longing for GLaDOS - stripped (4:28)
05. Kaputt (3:40)
06. Kaputt - stripped (3:40)
Freak Guitar - The Smorgasbord
07. The Smorgasbord (2:52)
08. Musth (3:12)
09. Lease With an Option to Buy (2:23)
10. Kali Ghat (4:37)
11. Mah Ná Mah Ná (2:39)
12. Dark Matter (1:56)
13. The Nigerian Gynecologist (3:25)
14. Muthucutpor (4:13)
15. The Three Princess of Serendip  (3:13)
Mattias IA Eklundh - Longing for GLaDOS