Los Angeles, California – September 24, 2015 – Award-winning composer Erik Desiderio is thrilled to share his uplifting soundtrack for Cartoon Network and Turbo Button’s virtual reality take on the Adventure Time universe with a music video reveal that features game footage alongside several musicians who perform the main theme live by combining banjo, harmonica, melodica, accordion and even whistling:
Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games is developed by Turbo Button and follows Cartoon Network’s Finn and Jake on new adventures in full virtual reality for the first time. Drawing inspiration from classic platformers like Banjo-Kazooie, players control Finn, while Jake sits in his backpack. Finn can attack enemies with his sword, or use Jake to smack creatures with his his inflated hand. Voice actors from the recent Emmy Award-winning show provide the voices in the game, which is available now.
“I was a huge fan of the show before being contacted about this project,” notes composer Erik Desiderio. “I especially enjoyed the first episode with Magic Man, who acts as the primary antagonist for this game. The playful nature of the Adventure Time universe afforded me the opportunity to work with some of my frequent collaborators and incorporate lots of fun instruments. Somehow, though, despite their various talents, everyone insisted that they be able to whistle on the soundtrack. I had no choice but to comply and join in myself!”
Desiderio–known best for his work in film and on the SMS Racing and This Means War! videogames–was given the freedom to take the Adventure Time franchise into new waters with this soundtrack by including live performances to bring the already quirky and upbeat world of Adventure Time to life. The featured whistler has sung on other projects and created sound effects with his mouth for the mobile game Stick to It, while the woodwind player recorded flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, bari sax and also whistled on the soundtrack. The trumpet player performed trumpet and coronet. Finally, Desiderio himself played banjo, fretless electric bass, harmonica, triangle, melodica, accordion, shaker and can also be heard whistling throughout the score.
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About Erik Desiderio
Erik Desiderio is an award-winning composer based in Los Angeles who has worked on more than 50 films and 40 videogames. His diverse musical offerings can be heard in SMS Racing, This Means War!, and the upcoming PlayStation 4 title Reborn as well as in the Academy Award-winning film The Moon and the Son. His work in television includes the multi Emmy Award-winning series, The Borgias along with Duck Dynasty, Entourage, The Apprentice, and the Primetime Emmy Awards. Commercial clients include Nintendo, Samsung, Kellogg’s, Coffee-Mate, and Heineken.
After a rewarding career as a musician, Erik moved to New York to attend New York University and study film scoring. He received his master’s degree in music and conducted a live orchestra at the Lincoln Center, performing his score from Scratch Page. His distinct composition style comes from strong backgrounds in both electronic and orchestral music, allowing him to produce quirky, ethnic-instrument-based soundtracks as well as dramatic orchestral scores.
He was the recipient of a Global Music Award of Excellence for his work on The Four Players, the Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music and the Best Original Score Award at the First Run Film Festival in New York. His videogame score for This Means War! was also nominated Hollywood Music in Media award in 2015.
Learn more: http://www.erikdesiderio.com
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About Turbo Button
Turbo Button is an independent game studio in Los Angeles, California founded by in 2015 by experienced console and mobile developers with a passion for VR. They’ve created hugely popular VR games such as A Night at the Roculus and SMS Racing.
Learn more: http://turbo-button.com
About Cartoon Network
Cartoon Network is an American television channel launched in 1992 that is owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner. The channel airs primarily animated programming, ranging from action to animated comedy.
As of February 2015, Cartoon Network is available to approximately 96.4 million pay television households in the United States.
Learn more: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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