04 . 08 . 2014

Here are the lyrics to Criminal's Ambition - the track that you can download for free (with or without vocals) right here!

CHORUS:
Yo, it's time to get paid
You know what time it is
Tryin'a make this real money I can retire with
Livin' in a paradise most couldn’t envision
My mind state is a criminal's ambition

VERSE 1:
I've been doing it for a minute
Preparing for this situation
It's finally here
Getting paid off of my patience
The crew is here
Run with bundles of bandits
It's about to crazy
Preparing for straight jackets
This heist bigger than anything that we ever did
If we succeed we can even take care of our kids
I want them raise right, not needed this life of mine
I must admit though - I'm loving this life of crime

Plan out exactly what's gonna happen on blueprints

Make sure everything goes smooth, no need for nuisance
Speak with a loud tone, seriousness on my face
For three months I've been casing the place
There isn't any way you better mess up this mission
Cause if you mess up then you'll be one that end up missing
Time to turn into a monster like Space Jam
And shooting my way out is my only escape plan

(CHORUS x2)

VERSE 2:
Forget casual: We dressed like we ready for war
With money on our mind, ready to settle the score
Walk in guns blazin' - you better not be testing me
And if you do you must have suicidal tendencies
Silencers on the weapons so one else can hear
From inside here, rest of the world disappears
Going for the loot, nothing else in our way
Drop the drill, my skill was ready to crack the safe

300 seconds is separating me from paradise
And if you get in my way you'll end up paralyzed
This ain't a cash heist - gold bars is the plan
It's like King Midas is part of who I am
We leaving here with more than ten mil
And to be quite honest didn't require that much skill
Everything was planned perfect, no one even copped out
This was way too easy - how the hell can I stop now?

(CHORUS x2)

All lyrics by Kwote1. www.kwote1.com


24 . 07 . 2014

I was recently hired to write some tailored music for the beta trailer for Doctor Entertainment's game "Gear Up". This trailer became something of a reunion between Jakob Tuchten and I - we created the now-classic Bionic Commando Rearmed launch trailer back in 2008 - and for this joint freelance project we were commissioned to create a trailer with similar a feel.

I wrote and produced the music, while Jakob was in charge of storyboarding, recording all in-game clips and editing.



"Gear Up is a multiplayer game where you build customized tanks and battle online opponents in deathmatch, team deathmatch and conquest! Construct your ultimate vehicle of war and feel the adrenaline as you bring it to battle in online arcade action! Now, will you go for the rumbling caterpillar tracks or the crawling spider legs?"

Gear Up website

Doctor Entertainment
 


16 . 07 . 2014

I've recieved numerous emails from people asking for the Italian lyrics to Ode All'Avidià. I had to get in contact with the singers to retreive it, but here - finally - it is (if you notive any spelling errors or mistakes in comparison to the recorded vocals, send me a message!)

Him:
Io e la mia, i miei e me
tutto cio che luccica e oro
io e la mia presto saró, ricco
Ho visto quanto i ricchi sorridono
la ricchezza porta dritti alla felicità
il seme doro diventa frutto che mi da vita

Her:
Mi fa male vederti vagare
L´invidia in te germoglia
Sei condannato a bramar di piu
Niente placa questa sete

Him:
No! Questo è tutto ciò che sogno!
Quel che voglio e per cui vivo!
Ciò che non ricevo io me lo prendo!

Her:
A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!
Cos´ha risvegliato dentro te lávidità?
A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!
Lávarizia, che ti ha spinto a fare..?
Ascoltami!

Him:
Silenzio! Vattene!

Her:
Ascoltami!

Him:
Abbondanza per me!

Her:
Ascoltami!

Him:
Ha! Le briciole per gli altri!
Di piu! Di piu! Di piu!
I miei tesori!
Diamanti!
Oro e argento!
Ho tutto…


Her:
A-a-a-a-a-a-a!
Guarda e giunta la tua ora!

Him:
Il potere di mi muore lontano
Muore lontano!

Her:
A-a-a-a-a-a-a!
Vedi, la bisso siapre!

Him:
Fiamma della vita soffocato
Soffocato!

Her:
A-a-a-a-a-a! A-a-a-a-a-a!
Tutto diventa per polvere!

Him:
Posso prendere nulla sul fiume

Her:
No!

Him:
Si!

Her:
Mai!

Him:
Ti prego!

Her:
Voi...


Him:
Silenzio!

Her:
...sapere...


Both together:
Da questo mondo andiam a mani vuote

Him:
Questa è fine, la vita è finita, questa è fine tutto si!
Questa è fine, la vita è finita, questa è fine tutto si!

Both together:
NO! NO! NOOOOOOOOO!!!


03 . 07 . 2014

Criminal's Ambition art

I have made yet another track for Payday 2 that explores a new musical genre - this time it's hiphop! I worked with rapper KwoteONE (who is also an avid Payday 2 player) and he provided great vocals suitably revolving around criminal activity.

The track is called "Criminal's Ambition" and you can download it for free right here!


19 . 06 . 2014

Ode All'Avidita banner


The techno remix of Ode All'Avidità - called Ode to Greed (that's the English translation of the title) - has been uploaded to both the Bandcamp and Steam version of the Payday 2 soundtrack. However, som people seem to have missed that the original, non-remixed opera piece (as heard in the Big Bank trailer) also has been released.

In the tradition of Payday 2, the music featured in the trailers and not in the game, don't become part of the official soundtrack but are instead released as free downloads on Bandcamp - that is the case with Ode All'Avidità too!

So, head over to Overkill's Bandcamp page and download this epic piece of music for free right away!


17 . 06 . 2014

Some people have asked me for the lyrics to the opera ("Ode All'Avidità"), and they were written in Swedish and translated into Italian by someone else. Here are the lyrics in English, translated from the original Swedish lyrics (therefore they may be slightly different from the Italian lyrics actually used in the song).

The lyrics were written to match the trailer, where an unnamed average Joe who heads to a big bank to apply for a business start-up loan, is denied the loan and gets caught up in a robbery on his way out of the bank.

The song is a duet between a man (representing man's greed and possessiveness) and a woman (representing the voice of reason, or the rules set up by modern society). It is meant to sound like a part of a play - and when played over the trailer, the music flows back and forth between conveying what the average Joe is feeling and commenting on what the robbers are doing.

You can listen to the song while reading along the lyrics below.

I am Error.



Him
I, me, my, mine and myself
I'm convinced that everything that shines is gold
If I could only get my hands on a seed of gold I will soon be rich

I have seen how the rich smile so wide
Wealth leads straight to happiness
The seed of gold becomes fruit that gives me life

Her
It hurts me, to see you lost like this
The jealousy grows in you
You are doomed to thirst for more
Nothing will quench this thirst

Him
No!
This is everything I'm dreaming of!
Everything I want and everything I'm lovong for!
If it's not give to me, I will take what I want!

Her
(A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aah!)
What has the possessiveness awakened within you?
(A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aah!)
What has greed made you... do?
Listen to me!

Him
Silence! Out of my way!

Her
Listen to me!

Him
Excess for me!

Her
Listen to me!

Him
Other can have the leftovers!

Her
No!

Him
More!

Her
No!

Him
More!

Her
NO!

Him
MORE!

Her
NOOOOOOOO!

Him
My treasures!
Diamonds!
Gold and silver!
My everything...

(Instrumental part, where the fire fight takes place)

Her
(A-a-a-a-a-a-a!)
Look, your time has come!

Him
I can feel my powers fade away.
Fade away!

Her
(A-a-a-a-a-a-a!)
The abyss is opening!

Him
I can feel the flame of life flickering!
Flickering!

Her
Everything you have collected turns to dust

Him
Can I bring something across the river?

Her
No!

Him
Yes!

Her
Never!

Him
Please!

Her
You...

Him
Silence!

Her
...know...

Both together
We all leave this world empty-handed

Him
(She sings a lot of notes in the background, no lyrics)
Everything is over now
Life is over now
Everything I own turns to dust
Everything is over now
Life is over now
The shadows finally devour me
No!
NO!
NOOOOOOOO!

All lyrics by Simon Viklund


09 . 06 . 2014

The latest Payday 2 trailer - for the upcoming "Big Bank Heist" - features opera music. There seems to be some confusion on the YouTube comment section and other places regarding the origin of the song. No, it's not an existing opera song that we licensed - it's written especially for the trailer by me - orchestration, melodies, production.

We recorded some live strings for the first 85 seconds of the song but most of it is rompler instruments programmed by me.

The lyrics were written in Swedish by me (on the topic of greed) and then translated to Italian by another person (if you know Italian I'd like to hear how the translation holds up, and if the singers slaughter the Italian pronunciation any more or less than non-Italian opera singers usually do - send me an email and let me know!)

The singers are two Swedish opera singers. You can watch the trailer on YouTube right here:



07 . 06 . 2014

Drifting banner

The country/rock song heard in the beginning of the "The Dentist" short film is now released. It's called "Drifting" and is written especially for the video. You can listen to it and download it for free right here!

Originally, the track was meant to only be heard in the background of the waiting room seen in the film. At this point, the lyrics were a lot more humoristic.

However, the director liked the vibe of the music so much he wanted to feature the track more prominently - so the lyrics were rewritten and given a more serious tone. The original phrase that spawned the idea for the song - "I left my favorite cassett in the escape car" - still kicks it off though.

The melody in the chorus also changed a few times. There was an earlier chorus melody that was a lot more catchy and "radio hittish" - but by request of the films director, the chorus was changed to give a more weary and "folk-rock" impression.


03 . 06 . 2014

The latest Payday 2 trailer is more like a short film - an eight minute visit to the dentist. Music (both in the intro and in the outro) is written and produecd by me. With some help from Pat Briscoe, of course...

Check it out below!


13 . 03 . 2014

Brand0's and my Kid Icarus Rap Remix Medley is finally done! I apologize that it took so long to get it finished - but now it's uploaded on Bandcamp and can be downloaded for free by everyone! Check out my Bandcamp site!


03 . 03 . 2014

The recent Death Wish update to Payday 2 had a new piece of music, and now it's available on the digital soundtrack on Steam and Bandcamp!


11 . 01 . 2014

Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 is almost over, here's something to remember it by:

I am Error.


BrandO and I will release a vocal version next week, so stay tuned!

Oh, while I was at it, I remixed the World 1 theme from one of my favorite games, Blaster Master, too!

I am Error.



Note: Click on the "downwards pointing arrow" icon to the right on each player to download the mp3s! It's free!


09 . 01 . 2014

"Hip" Tanaka's awesome Kid Icarus soundtrack won the AQDG2014 Simon Viklund Remix bid! I can proudly announce that this donation incentive helped raise $3,303! It all goes to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

BrandO and I are hard at work bringing you a great remix of it! I live streamed an ~8 hour studio session from my studio yesterday, and the music is coming along nicely! Thanks everyone who watched and chatted with me!

Follow me on Twitter to get news when I'm streaming my studio sessions.


08 . 01 . 2014

It's about four hours left of the AGDQ2014 bidding towards what NES game's music I should remix...

I can now reveal that BrandO of "The Adventures of Duane and BrandO" will provide lyrics and rap vocals to the remix (whatever it will be!)

Check the Simon Viklund NES Remix bid detail website to see what games are available to bid for, and see what game is currently in the lead (as I'm writing this, it's still Kid Icarus).

Got that? Four more hours to bid, so DO IT!


07 . 01 . 2014

The Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 streaming website has been down for a good part of today, and people haven't been able to donate. For this reason, we're extending the ability to bid towards what music I should remix until tomorrow (that's an extra 24 hours!). So bid! Bid-bid-bid!


05 . 01 . 2014

As I told you in my previous post, you are able to donate money to the Prevent Cancer Foundation through the Awesome Games Done Quick speed-run marathon charity event - and at the same time vote towards what NES game you want me to remix music from!

The bidding has already begun, and here are instructions on how to donate/bid:

  1. Go to the Awesome Games Done Quick donation page (The link will open in a new tab/window)
  2. Write your total donation amount in the "Donation amount" box.
  3. Under "Bidding Challenges/Choices", there is a list box - click on the "Simon Viklund NES Remix" entry corresponding to the game you want me to remix music from
  4. Below there is a box called "Amount". In this box, you enter how much of your total donation amount that goes towards a bid on the game you chose
  5. If you haven't used up all your donation to bid on one game, you can click "Add another" to add another bid and put money towards some other thing (maybe you want to vote for two different games for me to remix?)
  6. Click "Donate!"
  7. Sit back and enjoy the sweet feeling of having helped prevent cancer - while waiting for the final bidding results!

You can donate/bid several times - and as mentioned, you can bid on several remixes per donation! Note that only one game will win and be remixed.

Spread this to your friends through Facebook, Twitter, your forum of choice, etc. etc! Let's raise some money together, and help a good cause!


31 . 12 . 2013

Awesome Games Done Quick is a fund raiser event made up of a week-long live streamed speed-run gaming marathon! You can tune in at any time and donate money - and by donating money you can win merch, vote towards certain gaming challenges. The last event raised a mind-blowing 448.000 USD to the Prevent Cancer Foundation!

AGDQ2014 banner

This upcoming event (January 5th to 11th), I will provide incitment for people to donate by allowing you to vote with your money towards what NES game music I should interpret! I will then live stream the making of this track on my SimonViklund Twitch.tv channel!

Stay tuned for detailed instructions on how to be a part of this!

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone!


20 . 12 . 2013

On the 7th of October this year, I made the following Tweet:

"Today, the most unexpected audio related project is taking shape at work... You'll hear it around Christmas this year."

Today, the fruit of the idea that was planted that fateful day can be reaped by everyone - for I present to you "A Merry Payday Christmas", the Payday 2 Christmas album! We're talking serious genre busting Christmas music here!

"A Merry Padyay Christmas" is no less than seven tracks (plus one alternative version of one of the tracks, as well as karaoke versions of all tracks) composed and produced by me, and sung by none other than Pete "Ye Olde Hoxton" Gold! Most of these tracks can be enjoyed even if you're not into Payday! Yey!

If you have Steam, I suggest you get the album there for only $0.99! This will get you four soundtracks - one to keep and three to give away! 'Tis the season of giving, remember?

If you don't have Steam, you can get the soundtrack on Bandcamp for $1! You can also gift the album or individual tracks to friends and family (remember, the lyrics on this album are NSFW (depending on where you work.))

Merry Christmas to you all!

Oh, and to test if anyone actually reads my blog, I will send a free Bandcamp download code for "A Merry Payday Christmas" to the first ten people who send an email to me (just use the form on the contact page!)


25 . 11 . 2013

Hi there, heisters and music lovers!

If you bought the Payday 2 Official Soundtrack on Steam, you have received a new track today free of charge. It's #16 and it's called "Armed to the Teeth", from the "Armored Transport" DLC.

If you bought the Payday 2 Official Soundtrack on Bandcamp.com you can get the new track in one of three ways:

1) Use your original Bandcamp download link to refresh the link and get the new track

2) Or write to support(at)bandcamp(dot)com and provide them with your original download link and they'll hook you up with a fresh download link that'll include the new track

3) Or write to support(at)bandcamp(dot)com using the email address you used to make the original purchase and they'll hook you up with a fresh download link that'll include the new track

If you have any trouble doing any of these things, or need more information, please contact support(at)bandcamp(dot)com

Thanks for supporting us by buying and listening to my music!

Stay awesome!


13 . 11 . 2013

With the Xbox One and PS4 launches around the corner, the "current" console generation is soon to become the "last". With this in mind, Kotaku have launched a series of pieces called "Last Gen Heroes" where they encourage their editors and readers to nominate the best of the generation in different categories - from "best trailer" to "best game ending".

Third post in the discussion about "best game soundtrack" is a nomination for my Bionic Commando Rermed soundtrack - and of course I feel very flattered and honored! I've screendumped the discussion to have it even if the piece would disappear from Kotaku's server. Read below. YouTube links will not be clickable - search for "bionic commando rearmed soundtrack" on YouTube to find the stuff.

I'd like to add that I honestly think BCR deserves nominations in both the "best game ending" and "best game trailer" too! Who doesn't love watching resurrected Hitler's head explode in HD? (That's me providing Hitler's death screams, by the way. NEEEIIIN!!!) And what's not to love about the BCR launch trailer, directed by Jakob Tuchten?

Kotaku BCR



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