Return to Chook World is the true soundtrack to a pretend sequel to a online game that doesn’t exist
In Return to Chook World, gamers are introduced again to the floating kingdom of Chook World 1000’s of years after the occasions of the unique sport to seek out the once-brilliant island has fallen into smash. Whereas the darker setting is a departure from the unique Chook World, the brand new sport nonetheless has one key trait in widespread: it doesn’t really exist. However its soundtrack does.
Return to Chook World comes from musician and Twitter personality Leon Chang, who’s been releasing video game-inspired albums for the previous few years. His first huge mission, 2017’s Chook World, was ostensibly the soundtrack to an SNES-era sport a couple of tiny chook embarking on an journey. Though you’ll by no means play it, the soundtrack supplied an concept of what the nonexistent sport may be about. You’d journey throughout a playful island, assist out residents of a small village, and in the end face a world-changing battle earlier than saying goodbye to all of the quirky characters you met alongside the way in which.
Chang mentioned the thought for making a pretend soundtrack got here out of the music to which he was already writing and listening. “I like to put in writing music that sounds prefer it comes from a online game, so why not make an album that’s based mostly round a pretend online game?” he instructed GadgetClock.
For the sequel, Chook World has jumped to a brand new era. The album has PlayStation-esque art work and a sprawling size — an hour and a half — to match the expansive soundtracks that’d rating video games like Closing Fantasy and Chrono Cross. It’s additionally extra diversified and fewer relentlessly cheery than the unique. “The Mushroom God” appears to depict a melancholy deity whose land has fallen to smash; “Sesame Metropolis” is match for a bustling city with a futuristic edge; and “A World Descends Into Chaos” just about sounds just like the identify implies.
Chang mentioned he began planning a Chook World sequel virtually as quickly as the unique got here out (he teased a follow-up way back to November 2017). Suggestions on the unique was ok to warrant the sequel, he mentioned, however there was additionally lots extra he wished to do. Whereas writing the primary album, Chang discovered that he had concepts for extra songs that, as an beginner musician, he was nonetheless determining the best way to really create.
“On Chook World, I want I may have carried out extra orchestral stuff and extra soundtrack-y kind of stuff, and now I’ve the power to try this,” Chang mentioned. “This subsequent album simply appears like taking all of that into as huge of a factor as I can do.”
The album got here along with the assistance of a “long-running Google Doc” the place Chang sketched out the plot, characters, and settings of Return to Chook World. Whilst you gained’t get to learn the entire thing, you will get a few of the particulars from a 28-page sport handbook that accompanies the bodily launch of the album — a double CD package deal that’s likewise meant to emulate these basic PlayStation RPGs.
sport handbook teaser:
desk of contents~
mastered by me
blended by me
engineered by me
recorded at my home
saxophone on “a world descends into chaos” by steve pardo pic.twitter.com/yz3Mdd85jp
— leon (@leyawn) November 21, 2020
Listeners gained’t know the entire story by the point they’re completed, however Chang designed the album in order that there’s a story operating from starting to finish. “I’m hoping folks can get a few of [the plot] out of the tracks,” he mentioned, “however lots is left to the creativeness nonetheless.”
Some tracks had been created particularly to attain areas or occasions Chang had in thoughts, whereas others began as songs that he later labored into the plot. Chang employed artists to create the album’s cowl and the sport handbook illustrations (Aliana Wong and Titas Antanas Vilkaitis), and he wrote the copy himself. “I put all of the copy and design collectively, and that took me without end to do,” Chang mentioned.
The result’s one other album that ought to go away you wishing you may play the sport to which it belongs. The album comes out at present on Bandcamp and will probably be accessible on different streaming platforms beginning Saturday.
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