Jared Emerson-Johnson

I make music for video games.

Hi there. I'm Jared Emerson-Johnson. For the past decade or so I've been the music man at Bay Area Sound—writing music, creating sound design, directing voiceover and acting in all sorts of games and occasionally in other media.

You may know me from my scores to the Sam & Max series from Telltale Games, or perhaps you have found yourself here because of my more recent work on The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Tales From the Borderlands, and/or Game of Thrones (also from Telltale).

Regardless of what brought you here, welcome! I hope I can provide you with whatever you're looking for.

"Get out, and go to things you wouldn't necessarily think you'd want to go do, because it will make you better just by having a bigger rolodex of ideas in your brain."

"Evil and crazy are two of my favorite things to play, so DeSinge was a special treat for me."

Talking with TalesOfMonkeyIsland.net about my role as DeSinge in Tales of Monkey Island.

"Occasionally I'll write something, or start something, and it just doesn't quite go in the direction I was intending, so I'll usually set it aside. More often than not I'll end up finding a spot for it later in the season, though...I'll end up using it somewhere."

Q&A on Telltale Games' forum.

"Oftentimes I’m just unleashed and left to my own devices—which can be a lot of fun for me."

Talking with Jack Butler at Cultural Zest about the first two season of Sam & Max.

"Believe it or not, Wallace actually had a 99.9% original score.  I did make and record a transcription of the main theme for the credits sequences, but everything else in that score was all newly composed and produced for the games."

Julian Kwasneski and I talk about Bay Area Sound with Mixnmojo.com

"Season two was even more fun than season one, partly because of all the stylistic variety it afforded me, but also because I think it did generally veer more toward the dark-side of the universe, and that is always musically appealing to me."

Talking with Jayson Napolitano at Original Sound Version about the soundtrack cd for the second season of Sam & Max.

"Even though the musical genres jump around a bit, you can bet there will be guitar, mandolin, violin, banjo, harmonica, and jaw harp in most of the cues."

Talking with Mixnmojo.com about my early work on the Bone Games.

"Though the entity known as Bay Area Sound (www.basound.com) has been around since 2000, the roots of its principals, Julian Kwasneski and Jared Emerson-Johnson, go back much further."

Feature from Mix Magazine Online about Bay Area Sound.