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Backstage: Making the Melodies

Posted by The Toontown Team on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Welcome to the next entry of Toontown Rewritten's ToonFest backstage column! I'm the lead composer over here at Toontown -- you may know me as a little red cat named Cool Peaches. Unlike Kati and Joey, the authors of the other Backstage posts thus far, I actually haven't been part of the team since the beginning, which gives me some pretty great stories to tell.

Today we're going to hit the road and check out some history with the team, such as how I've gotten here, what I’ve worked on… You know, maybe I can even sneak in a new song I've written! Oh, but don't let Joey know. As much as Sir Max disobeys the Toon Council, Joey sure is a stickler for keeping things secret until they're released.

So, let’s get this show on the road, shall we?


The New Toon in Town

My time here on the team first began in February, where I was a complete stranger to everyone! (Unlike many team members, which were referred by friends.) Believe it or not, I made it straight onto the team just by sending an email to support showing off some of the compositions I've made in the past. After four days of selecting samples and anxious waiting later, I got a response from none other than Joey himself. It turns out that the team had been searching for a composer right when I sent my email, and I was given a little test: Write three jingles for an upcoming event that had been in planning.

Some hours later, I had completed all three and sent them off to see what they thought… …and got a response that probably made it one of the proudest moments of my life: Joey telling me that the songs basically guaranteed me a spot on the team. Those three songs were completed without any tweaks necessary, and later became Slappy's Theme during the Toon Council Presidential Election.

The next day, I received the first project I would work on as an official member of the TTR Team, and the biggest track I have worked on yet: Setting the tone of Doomsday.

Creating a Cogtastrophe

The hugeness of the Doomsday melody is definitely a stark contrast with those first three jingles that took a few hours. I'd believe that this piece clocked in at a month! …Okay, that’s not entirely true. According to my computer, the time between the first version of this piece and the version that made it in game was a mere 4 days, but I don't even want to count how many hours it was. I swear, I remember this piece taking weeks!

In any case, the big burst of a theme that I wrote for Doomsday took a lot of researching to put together. This wasn't just any ordinary Cog battle, this was the Cog battle that decided the fate of Toontown, and I wasn't going to let it run dry! There were tons of mash-ups put in there, from a standard Cog building floor to the theme of the CJ Battle. If you listen closely, you'll even hear a few unused themes.

Tunes for Future Toons

Everything you heard during Doomsday was composed by myself, my personal favorite being what I think is the best piece I've ever written: the credits theme. That won't be so true for the next event, though.

Just like I was picked up, we managed to pull another Toon onto the team named Yorke who has been helping out with composing plenty of themes for upcoming events. In fact, you'll get to hear his debut track right here at ToonFest! He has composed the entire event this time around, and I can tell you that you're going to love it.

I've been wrapped up in composing things for a later event, but I know you Toons can be pretty eager to hear something new. Did you know that Daisy Gardens doesn't actually have music when you go into a shop? It just reuses the street theme, unlike other Playgrounds. I've been working on a piece recently to put in there, and YOU can help shape it up before it goes in game! Give it a listen by clicking the picture to the right, and let me know what you want to be improved before I send it over to Minnie to be used as an official melody.



My role is to write music over and over and over again until I’ve done an appropriate job realizing the scene that it accompanies. It can be a slow job at times, but it’s all worth it!

Joining the TTR team was probably the best decision that I have ever made. It pretty much finalized my decision to become a professional composer, gave me a reason to do well in school, and deepened my interest in music ten-fold. Being here has made me a much better person, and I wouldn’t trade my position here for the world.

If you have a dream: Whether it's to compose music, become an artist, or even one of the developers of Toontown: Don't give up! My chances of getting onto the team were one in a million, but I was that one. You can be too! I want to take the little space I have left to thank every one of you who has been following the project since it's early days (Just like myself at the time!), as well as all of my fellow team members who have made my experience the best it can be.

You Toons are the best, and make being here all the more worthwhile! Hope to see you at ToonFest!

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A toon said on September 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Wow, Cool!

Mr. Toon said on September 7, 2014 at 2:04 PM
When you add the CEO Pleaseeeeee add a nametag to him! You gave nametags to the trolley cogs so I want the CEO to not be left out! See you all at Toonfest!

Anewaccl Jr said on September 7, 2014 at 2:07 PM
Nice music I love composing music my self that aint singing :D ttr is lucky to have such a nice composer!

Ooowoo said on September 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM
That music for buildings in Daisy Gardens seems to fit well. Hope to see you at ToonFest too!

Alex Mc Toony said on September 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM
I love this backstage post. All the new music for TTR is great, thanks to you. Keep up the good work, all the music here, I give a 1000000/10.

Crazy dog said on September 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM
That is awesome!

Deputy Jellyroll Wondertoon said on September 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Love the music you made. It's so cool! Can't wait to hear whats coming for Toonfest!

Prof. Fireball KookyMooch said on September 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Your compostions... More like masterpieces! As an instrumentalist, I can truly appreciate how difficult writing a piece of music is, and you are incredible at it! Great work on everything!

popcap said on September 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM
Good job with the music. (:

zippy said on September 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM
i love your music

Midnight Charm said on September 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM
Just wanted to say, I really love the stuff you've composed for TTR. It must be difficult to fit a set theme but you do it so well. Good luck!

Ruff Ruff said on September 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM
I love the Daisy Gardens store track but I think it should be a little lower in pitch if you know what I mean

Aubameyang said on September 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM
Loving this composition of TTR!

Arya said on September 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM
Great job with the music! The piece for Daisy Gardens matched the place very well. :D

Dippy Rainbow Fiddlesticks said on September 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM
All of those songs sound like they've belonged in ToonTown since day 1! I'm so impressed!

Fireheart said on September 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM
As a violinist, I really love the theme for Daisy's Garden, and I can really appreciate your work! The only problem with the theme, a VERY SMALL problem, barley a problem at all, is that it's a tiny bit too... let's say "graceful." I know, I know, Daisy's Garden is supposed to be fancy and garden-y and graceful, but it's just a tad too much. I would also love to know the program you use to compose your music! I would love to mess around with it. That's all I can say for now. Keep up the good work Cool Peaches and the rest of the Toontown Rewritten Team! Keep it up! I'm telling you, someday, all of this will come to use. The important part is that you all have had fun making the game. I guess NOW is all I can say... for now. If i could be a squirrel in Toontown, my catchphrase would be "Chip chip and away!!!!!"

A Slate Blue Dog said on September 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM
I just wanted to let you know, both on here and kind of on Youtube, that I think your music is great. I am not a composer or even slightly musically inclined, but I understand how tough it can be to come up with anything, from scratch or otherwise, and that it's even harder to make it sound great, so you have my respect and admiration. You've done a really great job so far, and I can't wait to hear the other songs/pieces you come up with. :D

Twinkledoodle said on September 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM
I love your music! Continue making music!

Puddle Paws said on September 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM
Wow! I love the music! And I really like the DG shop music!

Doctor Nuttytooth said on September 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM
This is an awesome, very inspiring post. Can't wait for ToonFest!!

Lily Googleberry said on September 7, 2014 at 5:18 PM
I love your daisy gardens music you posted! It sounds amazing! :D

Mister Skids said on September 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM
Very well written and inspirational.

Lemon said on September 7, 2014 at 5:27 PM
OMG! I`m SOOO excited for ToonFest! Great job on the music, Peaches!... Some of you may remember me from TTO... My first account was a green dog named Rhinotoon, and my second was a purple cat, named Master Popcorn Lemontoon. I hope to see you guys in TTR! I don`t have a toon yet, but he will be a green cat named Lemon. Toons of the world, Unite!

Rusty said on September 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Beautiful works of music! Good work, Peaches!

Zadarmo said on September 7, 2014 at 7:08 PM
Woo hoo! I'm going to play those songs at my wedding!!!

Mister Fluffy Dynoteeth said on September 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM
Wow, you're the one who created the elections theme, huh? Great job on it! It's my most favorite theme of all time (so far!), surpassing even the themes that have been around for ages! Keep up the good work! About your proposed indoor Daisy Gardens music, I do have a small suggestion: To me it doesn't feel like it fits the INSIDE of a shop/building; if it's going to be used at all in Daisy's, why not make it the new street music and make the current street music stay as the indoor music? I think it'd work better as that! Just my thoughts :)

Lighting(From TTI) said on September 7, 2014 at 7:27 PM
Wow! This is a great thing. I hope we can make remixes with this soundfont. And I CAN'T WAIT for ToonFest!

Pancake Dyno-doggen said on September 7, 2014 at 7:34 PM
The music was amazing! im glad they picked you to write the songs

Willow said on September 7, 2014 at 8:38 PM
Best Music EVER!!! The whole TTR team is awesome!

Master Oswald said on September 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM
How cool! I'm excited to hear more of your toontastic pieces in the future! Keep up the amazing work!

Good ol' Ricky Dynoboom (Dynaboom) said on September 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Another great addition to the Backstage column! I liked the election music immensely, but the daisy gardens one, not so much. To be fair, I didn't like Daisy Gardens at first in Toontown Online, but I grew to like it later. I'm not sure I like how complicated the music track is, but maybe it's more about how pretentious the song sounds--like it's looking down its nose at you. I think I'd roll my eyes every time I hear the song. And for a shop it feels too open and not exciting enough. Normally, the small shops sound smaller and more intimate. It's different than the other playgrounds operate, but you could turn it into a good thing. If you want it to be a slower song, then I think it STILL needs to be changed. To be more... relaxed. More of a refuge from the outside. The kind of sigh of relief you feel from a hot hot summer day where you walk inside your home and the wall of cold air conditioning just rushes over you. That's the kind of feeling you'd want to distill. I suppose there's nothing wrong with intricate game music, but if you're going to make it different than the others, make it like that's the way it's SUPPOSED to be. Now that I think about it, the obnoxious part I don't like is the 7th flute note in the song. It's LIKE it's out of tune but not really. Da da dun da da dun dun DAAaaAAhhHHhh... It's the "DAAaaAAhhHHhh" part. Again, I didn't like Daisy Gardens at first (maybe I assumed it would be too girly? Or maybe that was Minnie's Melodyland?...) so take that as you will. In the end, I'm sure the song will be awesome and the fact TTR would even try to do this is awesome. :D

Jordan said on September 7, 2014 at 9:46 PM
I love the new theme for Daisy Gardens! It feels like i'm at a fancy mansion, checking out artifacts and fancy things! Great job, Fancy--Err, I mean, Cool Peaches! :P I'm so excited to see what you guys got for ToonFest2014! WOOHOO!

Super Star said on September 7, 2014 at 10:15 PM
That is amazing how you were the 1 in a million. My daughter loves writing music and I keep telling her never give up. She doesn't know how to play any instruments yet or actually put the beats to it but she writes really good lyrics. She just puts what she feels down in writing and makes it into a song. Thanks for the inspiration and advice and thanks for being apart of a great game. Hope you all will make it better than before and trust me it was great already. I believe that this time around it will be better. Please never take ToonTown down again. Plus the music is awesome!

Teal said on September 7, 2014 at 10:23 PM
This is some great music. :P

Mac said on September 7, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Awsome work This melodies cant get out of my head!

Purple Kit said on September 8, 2014 at 3:27 AM
Can't wait to hear more of your music, especially at Toonfest c:!

jkCheat23 said on September 8, 2014 at 6:09 AM
Yes! Its great to see toontown getting new songs anyway. Its a nice touch up. I can't wait until what you guys update next!

Tabby said on September 8, 2014 at 6:53 AM
I listened to the samples of your music; fantastic pieces! I can tell that you may have a successful life in composing. Perhaps you might one day compose songs for a famous singer, or a movie. Good luck with Toonfest, TTR! ~Tabby :)

Crumbly Crinklecrunch said on September 8, 2014 at 7:29 AM
Man, you TTR people are SO TALENETED! :)

Loopy Bongo Snorkelfink said on September 8, 2014 at 8:15 AM
You've made some very nice toons ... errr ... *tunes! Very nice! :)

Jim said on September 8, 2014 at 8:39 AM
Wow your very talented! :)

Paddlezapper said on September 8, 2014 at 9:05 AM
I really like the music! It fits the game greatly! =)

Squeaker said on September 8, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Amazing! I am so excited to see everyone at ToonFest! ;-)

SuperFriend said on September 8, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Its awesome to know that so many people care about toontown and are willing to make toontown come back. Thanks for all your hardwork cool peaches and all the rest of the toontown rewritten team. I would also like to write a side note to my toon friends like Mr. Toon who I just saw posted in the comments that I hope to see them there

Gothic said on September 8, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I absolutely LOVE your compositions Cool Peaches. Keep up the great work :D

Cheezynugget said on September 8, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Wow! Great music! Hope to see everyone at ToonFest!

Blazie said on September 8, 2014 at 11:53 AM
I gotta admit, the time put into this was very well worth it! You guys did a amazing job with all of this and I can't wait to see what else you guys got planned! ^u^

Cool Pinky said on September 8, 2014 at 12:34 PM
This music is awesome! Excellent Job, Cool Peaches!! I can't wait to hear more music in the future for TTR!

Bradley said on September 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM
Loved all the music so far and can't WAIT to hear the ToonFest music and such! Keep up the good work! :)

California Girl said on September 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Just want to say that I love your DG music, I think it ties into the existing music quite well. As for your Doomsday theme...it's WAY better than the Disney version...I liked it so much that it's on my phone and I play it in my car. I'm not kidding :) Keep up the great work, Cool Peaches and keep following your dream. Us toons support you all the way!

CuteSunnyBunny said on September 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM
I am so excited to listen to this new music during gameplay!

Lancelot Whistlethud said on September 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM
Nice, I listened to the Daisy Gardens preview and I think it's perfect!

Gwen's Hero said on September 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM
I LOVE the Doomsday theme! The Daisy Garden shop song is awesome as well, but I think it would sound pretty jarring going from the playground song to that. I love them both, but they don't mesh seem to mesh very well :/ I agree with Fireheart's description of being too "graceful" and I would add that it's a bit over the top, only in comparison to the Daisy Garden song. The shop theme you've composed is almost orchestral, and Daisy Garden's playground theme is a pretty simple piece. That being said, I'm in awe of your musical talent, to just come up with something basically from scratch. I couldn't do that in a million years. Bravo!

Soft Paws said on September 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM
YES!!!! I was literally waiting for the TTR team to show the composer for the songs played in the game. I love music! And by the way, I listened to your tracks and they were a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I myself play the viola and the violin, and may attempt cello. This really strengthens my dream to make my music known to others. (yes, I write my own music :P) I love the melodies you add to the game, they go so well the setting! Keep up the dream of composing, I bet you'll be toontastic at it, and thank you for sharing your story of how you got on the team, it really shows that even when you don't except something it can happen. Your dreams can come true. I'll make sure I catch you at Toonfest and maybe we can have a one-on-one music talk. Lol. So long for now and keep up with the good work TTR! I love hearing all your stories, your hobbies, and everything in between. Most of all, thank you for reviving the game we all love. (If they are any errors in there, I'm sorry. Me tired!!!) { ~Soft Paws~ }

Michiko said on September 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM
Sounds fun!

Dessie said on September 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM
Wow, the music is just toontastic! Cool Peaches your spectoonular at making music! Can't wait to see you all at toonfest! ~Dessie

Gold Mouse Cool Toon said on September 8, 2014 at 7:01 PM
I like the gardens shop music. Good ahead and put it in!

Flower said on September 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM
Wonderful music! This sort of potential keeps the game going, whether in music, art, programming, or any other thing. I love seeing it. I'm getting more impatient to see how this turns out. Hope to meet you soon!

Doctor Blinky Fizzlestink said on September 9, 2014 at 2:41 AM
I really love the improvements! So awesome and cool!

Funnytoon said on September 9, 2014 at 4:19 AM
The music was some of my favorite parts of TTO, and I'm glad to hear all of the new music in TTR now. Truth be told, I actually did not notice the street and shop themes in DG were the same until TTO closed and I listened to the official TT soundtrack. Really good job, Peaches. Loved the Doomsday themes, loved the new DG Shop theme. I hope to see you all at Toonfest 2014!

said on September 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM
the music is wonderful i love what you did

Ally said on September 9, 2014 at 12:38 PM
I will be at the toonfest the whole time I can. Hope to see other toons there. :D

Old Cheese said on September 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM
That's so amazing! I doubted anyone could make such great music audio. I love it :D

Dynamite said on September 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM
The music sounds like the original ToonTown music, but BETTER.

B-Dawg said on September 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM
Cant wait for ToonFest 2014!!! THE FINAL MOMENTS OF PLAY TIME AND BETA KEYS!!

King Mac Whistlemouth said on September 10, 2014 at 7:06 AM
Wow you are a great composer!

Daphne Cheezychomp said on September 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Boy, Really guys I envy all of your hard work and loyalty to this game. I have been playing toontown since the begging of the Disney version ( 2000 ). A game which my father taught me, I was brought up with it. So , not to keep bragging , I think when I say this I talk for all of us... thank you deeply, for reviving our childhood. Something simple, like an online game, but with great importance. Thank you again!

May said on September 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM
Really, I think you guys are making this game better than ever! I love your hard work and determination. Seriously though 4 days writing music! Now thats a lesson in perseverance!

Fireball Crumbletoon said on September 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM
all of this is really cool! (Peaches) I have a lot of respect for you, Cool Peaches. As a fellow composer, I look up to you. All of these pieces are absolutely amazing. I look forward to seeing what you will create in the future. I hope to see you at Toonfest! (which isn't white-listed in-game, by the way.)

Princess Peaches said on September 10, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Wow! Your compositions are great! I am so glad you are part of the team, Cool Peaches. I hope you can make it big because you have a lot of talent!

Nova said on September 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Nice that it took directly 365 days to make this. YOU GUYS ARE MY LORD AND SAVIOR!

Master Skids said on September 11, 2014 at 4:22 AM
Can't wait for upcoming music!

PenguintheE said on September 11, 2014 at 8:42 AM
Awesome!! I remember loving the first game when I was 10. Then having it shut down was a heart break. I'm so happy its back now! :D

angelinathehedgehog said on September 11, 2014 at 8:43 AM
I'm so glad you guys are back for Toon town i was broken heart when you guys close Toon town but I'm happy now i can't wait to play toon town

Starr said on September 11, 2014 at 4:27 PM
Amazing!!!

RavenQueen2075 said on September 11, 2014 at 5:32 PM
Wow! So cool! Can't wait to hear the rest of your composed music when Toontown Rewritten gets released to the public!

Crazy said on September 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM
Ha. Cool! I love your music, Cool Peaches. It really sticks to the overall feel of toontown.

Loopy lollipop fizzlemash said on September 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM
I love the new music :)

bubbles nickeldoodle said on September 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM
Thank you for making music that all of us can enjoy! :D

Jerry said on September 12, 2014 at 11:47 PM
After all the hype and reading these backstages posts, I'm pretty much guranteed going to Toonfest! Setting my alarm now!

C.J. Weaselhoffer said on September 13, 2014 at 6:05 AM
Wow, I love the Daisy gardens one!! This is so cool, I can't wait for toonfest!!!!!!

CheetahLeetah24 said on September 13, 2014 at 7:05 AM
I bet when this opens up to be public. Its gonna have better updates.. Thanks to TTR I wouldn't have played this anymore.. But now its back up and becoming public, I will play this EVERYDAY, Cause thanks to TTR to remaking ToonTown,TTR Team, You are the BEST And Coolpeaches, TTR wouldnt have all this music without you! Thanks SO MUCH for bringing Toontown back. Also See you at Toonfest too,Coolpeaches!

said on September 13, 2014 at 7:07 AM
Wow, I never noticed that with the toon building music in Daisy Gardens! I like how you are adding new music to it! Keep up the toontastic work, guys!

midnight said on September 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM
i cant wait to play ttr again!

Master Alvin Thundersocks said on September 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM
I cant wait either for Toonfest and the music (when i can listen to it) is amazing, you did a great job, and it sounds like the original!

MiniCrops said on September 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM
Holy Macaroni! Those were some epic soundtracks! How were they made? FL Studio, Logic, or the ol' fashioned Finale Notepad? :D

Kiera said on September 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM
Wow, You're so inspiring! :)

Alyssa Lemonstripe said on September 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM
The Doomsday theme was absolutely amazing! It gave me chills the first time I heard it. I'm so happy we're going to see more music in Toontown! (The Disney stuff is classic and great, but hearing only one theme per playground gets repetitive very easily!)
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