The music of Wonderbook: Diggs Nightcrawler

Hello all, I hope you’re well. So we’ve looked at the story, the characters and the art of Diggs Nightcrawler and today it’s the turn of the music. My name is Jim Fowler and I wrote and arranged the score for Diggs – and a lot of fun it was too.

The idea with the music was that it should add to the atmosphere of Library City as well helping tell the story and enhancing gameplay. Working with Moonbot, the idea came up pretty early on that the best way to go would be a jazz-based score, which then led to the idea of doing the whole thing with a live big band. We also wanted to make the music seamless, so although it’s pretty interactive (changing to match your progress and actions through Diggs’ case) – it should sound like complete cues. As if the score was written to your specific playthrough.

Because the music is the soundtrack of the story, the city, its jazz haunts and alleyways, I wanted the score to not just reference classic Film Noir but big band and jazz bands of the ’50s as well. As part of that we put together an incredible band of some of the best players in the UK – and we were even able to include some improvised solos for extra authenticity (and awesomeness!).

And in keeping with the ’50s sound, the only digital element of the live session was the computer we recorded to. All the audio processing was done through hardware (valves and all) and we even mixed through ½” tape.

Putting together the music for Diggs Nightcrawler was great fun. The characters and story that Moonbot have come up with gave me all kinds of opportunity for interesting musical moments, from a trad-jazz stomper through to a hard bop blow-out. I hope you enjoy hearing it as much as I did working on it.

So sit back and enjoy this video diary about the approach to the music and (as an added bonus) have a listen to the track Hump’s Dump from the soundtrack (featuring an ace piano solo from Tom Cawley).


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Will the soundtrack be available to buy?


SilurianLass3 18 June, 2013 @ 15:52

I wanna make music for video games…

& hey, if you had marketed wonderbook with this as opposed to harry’s plopper, well, I’d have been more interested :)


The music was awesome. Did I see Ben Foster’s name in the credits?

I agree with SilurianLass3, The Book of Spells game was yawnworthy, but I actually enjoyed playing Diggs… I hope there’s a sequel.

What i’d really like to see from a Wonderbook title is more of a “choose your own adventure” element where it’s different each time depending on the choices you make. The games clearly need more playability and replay value.


Hi Graffin_G

Yep, Ben conducted the Diggs sessions for us – he was great!

Really glad you like the music – cheers : )

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