Creaksbox by Hidden Orchestra + Animita Designs
Creaksbox is an online music manipulator machine using the music soundtrack from CREAKS a new video game by Animita Designs. The maestro of Creaksbox is Hidden Orchestra’s Joe Acheson who played many instruments on the soundtrack. The Creaksbox site describes it as “ a music player for an adaptive soundtrack. There are hundreds and thousands of variables, which creates a ‘living soundtrack’ that feels fresh every time you hear it”
Ever since I first entered the world of Machinarium, the award-winning independent adventure puzzle game featuring Josef the adorable robot, I have been enchanted by the use of sound and music in the games. The creative team at Animita Design has brought to life intricate musical convergences in their games where sound is magic, tones are language. In Samorost 3, the depth of this convergence goes even further as I have written about here. CREAKS follows suit, with more music convergences to reveal language and puzzles as well as the soundtrack to support the mystery of the game’s story.
The Creaksbox gives you the chance to explore the tonal landscape in unique ways by tweeking with the controls to constantly blend pieces of the soundtrack together.
It weaves the tracks and shifts the 6 needle record player head which crawls through the grooves of an animated vinyl record like a creepy robotic spider in true Anamita Design fashion.
Flip the progress changer toggle and advance the time clock even more to manipulate the sounds even more to a web of melodies, lots of eerie clarinet reminiscent of Samorost 3 and often, chaotic mixes of electro arpeggios. Open the instrument info. tab for pictures of the featured instruments created by the Creaksbox artist, Jan Chlup.
Strat by choosing a length of time to have it running and tweek the Creaksbox yourself to create a soundtrack and unlock your own mysterious treasure. What stories might the sound evoke for you?