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.

The Vault: Good For You (Good for Me)

Good For You (Good for Me) a.k.a "The War Song" was featured in Sam & Max Save The World episode 4, "Abe Lincoln Must Die!" circa 2007.

If memory serves, the lyrics were written by Chuck Jordan, and I believe most of the character choreography for the sequence was split by my old pals Daniel Farjam-Herrera and Jake Rodkin.

The fun fact about this piece is that its final form originally came about after something of a miscommunication.

In the early design meetings when we first discussed the musical plan for the episode, Brendan mentioned wanting "some kind of song and dance musical number" for the war song section of the game. I took this somewhat literally and wrote in a big dance break that essentially doubled the length of the song (he'd only been imagining a minute or less of a quick little ditty).

When I delivered the first draft of the song, people at Telltale were really excited and happy with it; but, they were also somewhat surprised to realize that they suddenly had to choreograph a huge Busby Berkeley dance number in the final weekend of production on the game.

Fortunately, it all came out great in the end.