Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meep Beep

Looking for the next Kickstarter project to fund? Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Music and Sound may spark your interest. Within a few days, the project has already reached it's goal of $40,000 CAD, but can always use more support. Karen Collins, Research Chair in Interactive Audio at the University of Waterloo believed in the project enough to get it started. Music in gaming has had a very profound impact on how we view them. Could you imagine Mario without his theme song? Or the dinging when you pick up the Tri-Force? The games would be perceived in a radically different way without the music to support it.

Collins other major drive was to start cataloging the music and creators before they start to disappear. The talent pool for unique music is pretty small, and as we get more tech heavy and rely on pre-generated content, the music is slowly fading away. Collins wants to keep it alive and make these musicians known. It has been confirmed that Tommy Tallarico (Earthworm Jim, Video Games Live), Brad Fuller (Donkey Kong), and Winifred Phillips (AssCreed, God of War, Little Big Planet 2) have agreed to be interviewed as a part of this project.

Want more names? Okay. Grant Kirkhope (Banjo-Kazooie, DK64, GoldenEye64), Martin Galway (Wing Commander, Ultima), Manabu Namiki (Metal Slug, Castlevania), and Hitoshi Sakimoto (FF12, Vagrant Story). And that is only a fraction of the composers listed. Sounds like a worthy investment. The film is set to release by 2016.

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