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: "More Than Jerks"

This week on The Vault, I've put up the first offering from my work on the Sam & Max series: "More Than Jerks."

It is from "Culture Shock," which dates back to 2006. Telltale Games' first season of Sam & Max games (also known as Sam & Max Save the World) spanned six episodes (with ten additional episodes following in the subsequent two seasons). 

This piece wasn't actually listed on the original cue-list for the game. There was meant to just be a regular car chase piece for the final showdown with the infamous Soda Poppers; however, as I read more and more of the script of the episode, and got to know the ridiculous characters more, inspiration struck. 

The words to the song were part of the story already (written by Dave Grossman), but were only ever spoken/sung in tone deaf fragments by Whizzer as a throwaway gag earlier in the episode.

As time wore on during the production of the game, I became more and more amused by the concept of this horrible children's sitcom and the Soda Poppers themselves. Eventually I decided that we really ought to set those lyrics to a proper tune.

The big chase near the end of the episode seemed like a fitting place for the piece; so, without really checking with anyone about it, I started work on it and quietly dropped it into the game. Fortunately it went over very well with the team and the rest, as they say, is history.

It still cracks me up. I hope you all like it too!