Tuesday, 11 December 2012

5 Bucks to Burn ~ Adventures in Pixels: Ben Landis

5 Bucks to Burn

This is a series dedicated to Indie Game Music whose albums are good but don't get enough recognition to mainstream gamers. Why not put this with a Lost in the Music? Some albums, while very good, are sadly too short to warrant a full article.

However these albums are good and deserve a mention. The people behind these albums are incredibly talented and they deserve to be recognized. Five Bucks to Burn will showcase these artists.

Adventure in Pixels: Ben Landis

Most of the music I review on here is video game based. From the Gamechops remix albums to the works of Megaran to of course OCRemiX works. Very rarely do I go into the realms of other genres such as Anime, or Movie soundtracks as their are other reviewers who do that.

So why do I bring it up? Today's subject is the Adventures in Pixels soundtrack by Ben Landis is an example of a game soundtrack which was inspired from no game at all. Instead the music, while gaming inspired, works in tandem with the one panel comics that accompany each song. Each panel of course is gaming related. Each panel depicts Matt the Hero going about his life as a character. He starts his day on his quiet farm doing his chores while the next song depicts him going to village, only for the dreaded Dinosaurus to attack his quaint village.

Each song on the album coincides with the action depicting on screen in the comic. The more relaxing, downtime scenes work with the music, although not all time, while the more adventurous scenes have music that seems to fit in an adventure game.

I really like the concept behind this album. It is both audio and visual and while the visual's aren't super high quality, they are still fun to look at. The music is what makes this album and if you wouldn't mind exploring some new chiptunes, Adventures in Pixels is a great listen to. You can find his album on his bandcamp site.

This is Daimo Mac and I am lost in the music.

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