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.

  “I would be remiss not to mention the superb Tales soundtrack, which feels like something pulled right out of a Borderlands score. Jared Emerson-Johnson, who scored both The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us for Telltale, has created tracks that make one think of bloody chases across Pandora's sandy surface and the violent clang of bullets and machetes on steel...Everything about the soundtrack is Borderlands—the tonal ambience inexorably drags you into battles and inspires them to press on.“- Gamespot on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “The music of Borderlands...serves its grand purpose of immersion. The distinctly simple western music holds firm in Tales from the Borderlands as it keeps the feel of Pandora alive.“- Gaming Illustrated on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “Complementing everything perfectly is the soundtrack, once again masterfully composed by Telltale regular Jared Emerson-Johnson. At times jaunty and carefree, at others zippy and electronic, the music beautifully keeps the tempo of the game, like the heightened energy of the synths that accompany a scene where Fiona’s plan seems to be falling apart. Elsewhere, in a big battle sequence the drums and horns kick in, greatly intensifying the urgency of the situation. It works well in low-key moments too, like the echoing strings that whine away in the desert, creating a real Western vibe." - Adventure Gamers on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “The musical score, by Jared Emerson-Johnson, is...energetic and effective.“- Just Adventure on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “La banda sonora está compuesta por Jared Emerson-Johnson, al igual que en The Walking Dead y The Wolf Among Us. En ella se entremezclan ritmos de blues, jazz, rock e, incluso, tecno, para darnos la sensación de persecución, movimiento, acción y tensión, que nos anima a continuar la historia y no detenernos. Un buen punto de apoyo, especialmente en los momentos más pausados..“- Hobby Consolas on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “Then there's the great soundtrack, which instantly reminds one of his or her latest Borderlands experience. Jared Emerson-Johnson...tackled this project with a combined care and verve. He obviously did his homework and kept the spirit of Gearbox's up-tempo games, but he also included some of his own personality and creativity." - PSX Extreme on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “Props also to longtime Telltale Games composer Jared Emerson-Johnson for bringing forth a game score that not only matches with what we’ve heard on Pandora, but even creating music that’s worthy of any ginormous dance club." - Electronic Gaming Monthly on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum “Awesome Music: whenever music jumps into the game, it works and well...it has that cinema feel and never feels forced." - Examiner.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged “...the music is expertly handled." - Polygon on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged “Music, voice acting, story, the writing; it all just marries together so well." - God is a Geek.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged “...the music is as stupendous as ever, and continues to really set the mood for the series...it just fits the universe perfectly..." - Push Square on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged “Music/Sound FX/Voice Acting: 5.0 out of 5.0." - Cheat Code Central on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged “The soundtrack is also impressive, managing to once again compliment the action on the screen." - Softpedia on Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride “The soundtrack is top notch." - God is a Geek.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Escape Plan Bravo “A great accompaniment to this is the audio work and, as ever, Jared Emerson-Johnson's soundtrack." - Push Square on Tales from the Borderlands: Escape Plan Bravo “The studio’s resident composer Jared Emmerson-Johnson [sic] has always done a fine job with his scores under his care, but his take on the Borderlands series has been one of my favourites. In fact, I’ve listened to the main theme a number of times because I enjoyed it so much, but upon loading the game for the final episode I realised something had changed – the previously-used synth instruments had been replaced by an actual orchestra. The end result was absolutely breath-taking, set the tone for the big finish, and proved that Telltale weren’t messing around." - Dealswpn on Tales from the Borderlands: The Vault of the Traveler “The music selection is brilliant, and so is composer Jared Emerson-Johnson. There were many pivotal moments in the game during which the orchestra did great justice to the unfolding narrative and its setting. Something exclusively unique about the scoring, that I've hardly if ever witnessed before, was that—depending on the dialog choices made—the music would shift slightly to reflect the emotion and mood. To accomplish that accurately is not an easy feat." - Indie Game Reviewer.com on Tales from the Borderlands

 

“I would be remiss not to mention the superb Tales soundtrack, which feels like something pulled right out of a Borderlands score. Jared Emerson-Johnson, who scored both The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us for Telltale, has created tracks that make one think of bloody chases across Pandora's sandy surface and the violent clang of bullets and machetes on steel...Everything about the soundtrack is Borderlands—the tonal ambience inexorably drags you into battles and inspires them to press on.“Gamespot on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

The music of Borderlands...serves its grand purpose of immersion. The distinctly simple western music holds firm in Tales from the Borderlands as it keeps the feel of Pandora alive.“Gaming Illustrated on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

Complementing everything perfectly is the soundtrack, once again masterfully composed by Telltale regular Jared Emerson-Johnson. At times jaunty and carefree, at others zippy and electronic, the music beautifully keeps the tempo of the game, like the heightened energy of the synths that accompany a scene where Fiona’s plan seems to be falling apart. Elsewhere, in a big battle sequence the drums and horns kick in, greatly intensifying the urgency of the situation. It works well in low-key moments too, like the echoing strings that whine away in the desert, creating a real Western vibe.Adventure Gamers on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

The musical score, by Jared Emerson-Johnson, is...energetic and effective.“Just Adventure on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

La banda sonora está compuesta por Jared Emerson-Johnson, al igual que en The Walking Dead y The Wolf Among Us. En ella se entremezclan ritmos de blues, jazz, rock e, incluso, tecno, para darnos la sensación de persecución, movimiento, acción y tensión, que nos anima a continuar la historia y no detenernos. Un buen punto de apoyo, especialmente en los momentos más pausados..“Hobby Consolas on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

Then there's the great soundtrack, which instantly reminds one of his or her latest Borderlands experience. Jared Emerson-Johnson...tackled this project with a combined care and verve. He obviously did his homework and kept the spirit of Gearbox's up-tempo games, but he also included some of his own personality and creativity." PSX Extreme on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

Props also to longtime Telltale Games composer Jared Emerson-Johnson for bringing forth a game score that not only matches with what we’ve heard on Pandora, but even creating music that’s worthy of any ginormous dance club." Electronic Gaming Monthly on Tales from the Borderlands: Zer0 Sum

Awesome Music: whenever music jumps into the game, it works and well...it has that cinema feel and never feels forced." Examiner.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged

...the music is expertly handled." - Polygon on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged

Music, voice acting, story, the writing; it all just marries together so well.- God is a Geek.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged

“...the music is as stupendous as ever, and continues to really set the mood for the series...it just fits the universe perfectly..." - Push Square on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged

Music/Sound FX/Voice Acting: 5.0 out of 5.0." - Cheat Code Central on Tales from the Borderlands: Atlas Mugged

The soundtrack is also impressive, managing to once again compliment the action on the screen." Softpedia on Tales from the Borderlands: Catch a Ride

The soundtrack is top notch.God is a Geek.com on Tales from the Borderlands: Escape Plan Bravo

“A great accompaniment to this is the audio work and, as ever, Jared Emerson-Johnson's soundtrack.Push Square on Tales from the Borderlands: Escape Plan Bravo

The studio’s resident composer Jared Emmerson-Johnson [sic] has always done a fine job with his scores under his care, but his take on the Borderlands series has been one of my favourites. In fact, I’ve listened to the main theme a number of times because I enjoyed it so much, but upon loading the game for the final episode I realised something had changed – the previously-used synth instruments had been replaced by an actual orchestra. The end result was absolutely breath-taking, set the tone for the big finish, and proved that Telltale weren’t messing around." - Dealswpn on Tales from the Borderlands: The Vault of the Traveler

The music selection is brilliant, and so is composer Jared Emerson-Johnson. There were many pivotal moments in the game during which the orchestra did great justice to the unfolding narrative and its setting. Something exclusively unique about the scoring, that I've hardly if ever witnessed before, was that—depending on the dialog choices made—the music would shift slightly to reflect the emotion and mood. To accomplish that accurately is not an easy feat." - Indie Game Reviewer.com on Tales from the Borderlands