Merging the work of indie bands and indie game developers, Pitchfork has launched a new series of computer games inspired by music. Soundplay will feature a total of five titles that fully integrate their source songs into their gameplay, adopting lyrics as character dialogue or rewarding the successful completion of a level with a booming chorus.
So far, two of the series’ games are available to play for free: one by Jake Elliott featuring M83’s “Intro” and one by Santa Ragione based on Matthew Dear’s “Street Song”. Both are beautiful complements to the tracks they feature, serving almost as interactive music videos. The series’ next game (from internet-infamous “QWOP” developer Bennett Foddy) will be inspired by a Cut Copy tune.
All five games will be playable at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival‘s Soundplay Arcade.