In any video game, music plays an essential part. It builds up the tension, adds ambiance, and makes any battle sequence that more epic. This may be because of my penchant for Rock and Metal, but, sometimes, I find myself wishing that some video game themes had a bit more ‘oomph’ to make music and the scene more impactful. I feel that rock and metal give more life to a scene and I am not alone in this thought.
Michal Sokolowski, or FalKKonE as he is known on YouTube, is a self-taught music writer, arranger, and producer from Wroclaw, Poland who enjoys taking video game covers and giving them a Symphonic Metal spin. Since 2013, when Sokolowski donned the name FalKKonE, he has produced 10-15 per month. Some the covers that FalKKonE has produced include those from Pokémon, Undertale, Dark Souls, Legend of Zelda, and many, many more. He also posts his own compositions on his channel and the occasional anime cover.
A lot of work goes into producing translated or redone covers, and many do not understand this. For each cover, they have to transcribe the entire piece, line by line, note by note until the come up with something that they enjoy. This process can take anywhere from 4 to 20 hours for just one song and FalKKonE produces about a dozen a month. This not only shows his skill as a composer but his dedication to his craft.
As I have said, I enjoy both Rock and Metal and I feel that a lot of videogames could implement these genres in their soundtrack. When I first found FalKKonE on YouTube, I was elated to find someone that thinks the same way and has the skill and knowledge to redesign and produce such music. So, I would like to commend FalKKonE for the work he has done in music and I hope he will continue for years to come.