Hello, my name is Mike Skalandunas and this is my music project– Mosaic. I'm a graduate of Berklee College of Music, and have been working in games, specifically indie game audio, since 2011. In 2012, I worked side-by-side with composer Filippo Beck-Peccoz to create a wonderful toyshop sample library, and since then I've been freelancing. My goal as a composer is to create music that helps tell a story, enrich an environment, or add a thematic layer to a character, place, or event. I want to make games sound beautiful and feel like a journey.
Below you'll find my mission and some of the projects I've been a part of. Each track has a description, and further down are video examples. Some are games where I've been the sole composer, some have been collaborations, and others are audio replacements. For more content, please visit my youtube and/or my soundcloud channels.
I pride myself in creating high quality original music using a combination of samples, sound design, live instruments, synthesis, and foley. It is my goal to make each piece feel organic, and I contribute to this goal by venturing out into nature for each new project and recording a myriad of sounds that may or may not have some musical merit. Besides using these sounds in music, as they are or effected to get the most out of them, I create custom instruments and VSTs to give these projects more of a distinct musical identity.
Beyond the sounds themselves, I tend to use effects, synthesis, and composition techniques that add to this idea of organic music. Whether it be a flutter of strings to create a vibrant sense of borealism or a cloud filter to vault a piece into the ether– I find these effects and techniques to be paramount to creating an atmosphere that grows out of characters and environments rather than just accompanies them.
Below you'll find my works where you can hear this in action.
Here are some samples of my work. Each of these pieces has been used in a project, some released and some not. Click on the images below the audio player to see footage of my music and sounds in action. For more music, visit my soundcloud.