[Edit: Update below]
Sound Shapes is a new video game for Playstation 3 that bases gameplay, characters, levels, and general movement around its soundtrack. For this project, Beck has provided three new songs: “Cities,” “Touch The People,” and “Spiral Staircase.” Other contributing artists include Deadmau5, Jim Guthrie, I Am Robot, and Proud.
The game was released Tuesday, August 7th. Check out the following video to hear Beck’s “Cities” and watch some demonstrations of gameplay:
Update: In Other Unorthodox (Or Rather, Completely Orthodox) Beck News…
The indie-folk-hip-hop-experimental-punk-rock-whatever-he-wants-to-do artist has decided to release his newest “album” in a very old-fashioned and unique format. What kind, you say? Vinyl, perhaps? Cassettes? V-disc? Nope! Sheet music.
That’s right; according to AVclub.com, the new Beck release is called Song Reader and contains ”20 different songs that exist only as individual pieces of sheet music. The whole thing comes packaged together with full-color ‘heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song’ in a hardcover carrying case,” and will be distributed by the McSweeney’s publishing company. So instead of listening to recordings of Beck’s music, fans will have to perform the music themselves in their own unique way if they want to hear his creation. Just like the good ol’ days of yore!
It’s definitely a bold move, especially since it only appeals to a narrow demographic of Beck fans who can read and perform music. But since when has Beck ever been the type of guy to consider demographics when producing art? It could actually be very interesting to hear ”renditions of the songs from readers and select musicians,” which “will be featured on the McSweeney’s website after the release.” Looks like you Beck fans better study up on your music theory if you want to hear these new jams!
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