Beethoven? Chopin? Melancholy?

Dear Insane Children, 

What is your favorite piece of dark or moody classical music?

As I am writing the end of the Alice: Asylum narrative, I am listening to a mix of Chopin and Beethoven – Nocturne No. 20 and Moonlight Sonata specifically. And I’m thinking about how music from these artists – and others of the era – might influence the soundtrack, theme, and mood of Alice: Asylum.

Let me know in the comments what pieces spring to mind when you think of the Alice series – keep in mind our story takes place in 1876 and Alice can online imagine music that she might have heard in the years prior.

We had an emphasis on cello music in Madness Returns – partly because it’s one of my favorite musical “voices,” partly because I myself play cello – but I think maybe we’ll focus on piano music for Asylum? There’s something more “mature” about the cello as a voice. And piano can, I think, better convey a child-like tone. Our main character in Asylum, young Alice, is only 13. Maybe piano is more her sound?

And here’s a new piece from Joey – I don’t think I’ve posted this before? – where we see Young Alice exploring the Memory Mines. 

Also, anyone else think Trent Reznor kinda looks like Frederic Chopin? Or is that just me?

Anyway, let us know in the comments what you think!

PS: This question DOES NOT mean we’re doing anything crazy with the direction of the music in Alice: Asylum nor that Chris Vrenna can’t be involved or anything like that. Influence for things like music comes from many places. Liking one thing does not mean we can’t have other things. 

From Shanghai with Grrr Face, 


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