Well Iv'e poked around the internet and the forum and really didn't find what I am looking for. You guys seem like a good cummunity so I will go ahead and ask.
First off I'm a utter greenhorn in creating video game music. I am however a musician with some compositional experience but past the pen and paper I'm completely lost. With that being said I need some guidance in what software/hardware I need to not write music but create it for a game. Being a poor college student I have a tight budget so for now cheap is a must.
Now here is the situation. My brother is making an rpg through C# and XNA. He is hoping to get this posted to Xbox live indie games and obviously he needs music which is where I come in. So I need to be able to create music for him in the style of retro rpgs from say the NES or SNES. Also any tips for composing game music would be welcomed since I'm sure it is an entirely different beast from writing for big band or combo Jazz.