Dan Mangan Contributing to Chiptune-Friendly Videogame Soundtrack
Published Apr 09, 2014Vancouver songwriter Dan Mangan's stock has skyrocketed in the last few years, and he recently scored the upcoming Simon Pegg film Hector and the Search for Happiness. Now, Mangan has taken on another scoring project for the videogame Super Adventure Mega Quest.
Mangan appears on the game's soundtrack, along with electronic producers the Frederik, Alex Mind, Prototype Raptor, Ryan Enzed and Marc Remillard. Super Adventure Mega Quest is in the midst of fundraising via Kickstarter and is currently one-third of the way to its $20,000 goal.
The game is a touch screen platformer that functions as "a love song to the history of videogames by combining the graphics of every generation." To go along with its era-mashing visual approach, the music will change along with the graphics.
The Kickstarter page explains, "Starting out with humble chip tunes, the music changes dynamically in front of you while you play. Slowly as you power up the resolution, the music simultaneously becomes more complex."
To illustrate what this means, check out the player below to hear the music for level one in four different resolutions: 1-bit, 8-bit, 16-bit and full HD. The theme music is also included in the player.
Additionally, check out some gameplay in the video at the bottom of the page.
The game is currently slated for an early 2015 release. It will initially be available on iOS and Android devices. Mac and PC versions will follow and long-term goals include Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, and possibly even PS4 and XboxOne.
Learn more about the game, its creators and how to get involved over at Kickstarter. Interestingly, the creator is Lance Lasheras, who also contributed to the Hector and the Pursuit of Happiness soundtrack. That's presumably how Mangan got involved here.
Meanwhile, Mangan and his backing band Blacksmith have a new album on the way.