Alea's Island


 

Meet Alea, a little musician adrift in an ocean of sound.

 

Explore islands filled with musical puzzles and creatures. Master your instrument and learn how it communicates with your environment. Meditate in lush landscapes, immersed in a procedurally-generated soundtrack.

I'm creating Alea's Island in collaboration with musician Terrane. As my main project for the St. Olaf Fifth Year Emerging Artists program, the game was exhibited in two art galleries — Public Functionary (Minneapolis, MN) and The Northfield Arts Guild (Northfield, MN) — in spring 2017, five months after development began.

This game is currently still in development. From time to time, I share the design process over on my developer blog.


ARTIST STATEMENT

Every space is alive with sound. A full spectrum of ambiance — from pure silence to random noise — fills our daily existence. These atmospheres underlie our experiences within the space, providing a foundation on which we set our expectations and emotions. In effect, this music sculpts the identity of the space it inhabits.
Because of their constant and subtle presence, these sounds are easily tuned out, overshadowed, or forgotten. It takes active listening to hear them. But with a heightened awareness of the space and its sound, the listener becomes a participant in a musical conversation.
Adrift in an endless ocean of sound, we are free to explore.
Jon Tiburzi

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