As expected the new PlayStation 4 and PC game Headlander has launched today offering a unique storyline in a Metroidvania-style video game as you wake in a derelict spacecraft to the news that you are the last organic life form left in the known universe.
On top of this you are also just a head in a space helmet! Check out the video below to learn more and see what you can expect from the latest game created by Double Fine Productions.
Headlander takes place in a futuristic setting inspired by 1970s science fiction televisions shows and movie such as Logan’s Run. Headlander Composer David Gregory Earl explains a little more about what you can expect from the soundtrack which is created for the new PS4 game.
I was an impressionable six year old out camping when I first heard Vangelis. Some family friends brought a tape of a radio show called Hearts of Space and “To the Unknown Man” was playing. Instead of sleeping, I found myself staring up at the stars with my imagination going wild. That music was the catalyst for an insatiable appetite for electronic music during my childhood. I was a rabid fan of Isao Tomita, Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre, and later the weirder stuff by Xenakis and Stockhausen.
When I heard that Headlander was following a retro-future narrative inspired by Logan’s Run, Silent Running, Zardoz, and other 70’s sci-fi, I simply tapped my already fiercely nostalgic mind for content. I knew what influences I had to honor in this score, and knew what tools I was going to have to use to satisfy my needs. Right off the bat, I decided on using tape and analog synthesizers. I’d still use my software of choice, Logic Pro, but mostly just as a recording device.
In Headlander, there are nods to Vangelis when you walk the halls of the Pleasure Port. When Grid Clash begins, you will hear Wendy Carlos inspired fanfare. When you get to the Computer Core, you’ll hear the more avant-garde colors of Stockhausen and Xenakis. Behind the walls of the pleasure port, you’ll hear an ambient score that is referencing Brian Eno. I love this era of electronic music dearly, and I want to reintroduce the world to these colors and aesthetics while visiting this alternate timeline.
For more information on the new Headlander game jump over to the official PS Blog website for details by following the link below.
Source: PS Blog
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