Monday, May 18, 2009

Otograph - Dive into Pixeljunk Monsters

Otograph are a duo from Japan. Takashi Iura and Sachiyo Oshima began as electronic/visual-art performers, eventually incorporating their vivid soundscapes into other areas of visual entertainment such as film and video games.

My introduction to the group came from a downloadable PS3 game,
Pixeljunk Monsters. Otograph did completely original music for the game, employing their airy and ethereal form of keyboard-driven electronics. Being that the game is a form of the old tower-defense games, it demanded precision of tower placement, which towers to use, when/what to upgrade...which could lead to assume carried hours of difficulty and unwanted stress.

Just keep humming, just keep humming...FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUHHH

But, both as a testament to the creators/artists of the game itself, and especially to Otograph, no matter what odds stacked against you, the motivation was there to complete what was before you. I can recall countless sessions of my poor, helpess villagers on the verge of getting laid to waste, all-while humming along to the friendly and charismatic work of Otograph.

Perfects on every level, son.

Even if unfamiliar with the game, '
Dive into Pixeljunk Monsters' should offer a peaceful and enjoyable summer listen. Dissecting any one song will reveal their lush simplicity, but as you'll discover track-to-track, Otograph did a great job of mapping-out unique and interesting vibes throughout the course of the game/album. And truly are the reason you won't want to pull out your hair 70% through the game.

Upon getting this album the disclaimer asked to do with this as you wished, but also requested no sharing, so hopefully my loyalty to the Pixeljunk series/spreading the word is enough; if you have a PS3 though, the game is a no-brainer, and with the score by Otograph a slight $3, I figured it deserves a wider audience.

Dive into Pixeljunk Monsters
mind the graves


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Zach Caudle said...

Can anyone get more otograph looked everywhere with no luck