The title says it all. Of course, RWBY isn’t originally a video game franchise (even though now they have Grimm Eclipse), but I am active outside of video gaming (see: engineer and musician). I started transcribing it in June or whenever the first “clean” version of the song (meaning, just the soundtrack and no audio from the episode) came out on RT4c or some similar YouTube channel, innocently thinking it’d be easier than some the score I did for Castle Crashers. Then I remembered the breakdown part. Honestly, up until then it was fairly easy, because it was almost completely in the key of E minor, but I think the breakdown is supposed to mirror Jeff Williams’ tritone-based first guitar solo in the original song, and as such was extremely difficult to transcribe by ear.
All in all, though, it was a very satisfying project. My next project is to analyze and/or transcribe the soundtrack to Kindred Spirits on the Roof, in preparation for the r/VisualNovels subreddit’s discussion on visual novel soundtracks. After that, depending on my schedule, I’ll either finish transcribing the soundtrack (if I haven’t already), or move on to Undertale‘s “Snowdin Town”.
You can find my transcription of I Burn (Jazz Remix) here.