Interactive Media developed by Jivitesh Dhaliwal


— Music —

A Selection of Compositions by Jivitesh Dhaliwal


Music From 'The Bookcase'



Before starting work on my game 'The Bookcase', I had a faint idea of what I wanted it to look like. Beautiful old books, lots of woodwork, perhaps a recliner and a window with light pouring in. How could I create music that fit in with this idea of a room of wisdom? 

I wanted a strong hummable melody. A strong melody is a crucial part of designing a memorable game because players usually associate music with what they feel while playing (chances are you fondly remember the music from Donkey Kong, also known as Mario). Quite a few iterations later, I still did not have a remarkable or memorable piece. On a casual listening of some of John Williams' compositions, I realized that almost all of his themes made use of 6 to 9 notes. This struck me as really interesting, because it tied in rather neatly with what I had learnt from MIT's Introduction to Psychology course- our brains can hold between 5 to 9 different things at once. Anything more than that would mean that we would lose track of what the melody was about. 

This led me to experiment with 6-9 note melodies. The result was, what I personally feel, a rather interesting melody associating music and books. Experimenting with the concept of the idée fixe, I was able to produce a consistent body of work.

You can listen to my work here



The Assorted Collection


Expression Through Sound


My early experiments with music were undirected; they were just interesting pieces without any underlying ideas that I needed to express. Being a self learned composer, I was not tied down by conventions. Rather than focussing on how the greatest composers were creating, I decided to try a different approach to composing- to take a story and compose for it. This allowed me to understand the purpose of music- to be able to express one's self. 

The Assorted Collection traces this journey- from more generic sounding pieces to music that will move you, you should be able to hear the difference it makes in thinking about art from a different perspective. 

You can listen to The Assorted Collection here.