Papa Sangre | Entering the Palace of Bones

Vimeo is being weird. Click the awesome skull up there to go to the video.

*Note* for being a video game with no video, the animation is worth a peep.

This looks sounds amazing.  As an audio nerd, I’m fascinated with binaural audio- especially audio that affects the theta waves of a brain.  If you’re not familiar with this, there is a technique of using binaural beats (that sound like guttural bass) to trick one’s brain into shutting down and go to sleep.  It’s great for those quick little naps.

I once had a friend, who in battling cancer, was having a difficult time sleeping.  I composed a 45 minute song using binaural beats, rainfall, chanting, prayers, and choirs to help her in her struggle to sleep.  I’ll be posting more about this song and make it available for download soon.

Paul Bennun from Somethin’ Else sez, “We just released Papa Sangre, the video game with no video. Backed by Channel 4 in the UK, it’s not the first audio game or first game with binaural audio in it, but it is the first game with an entire world generated on the fly using 3d, binaural sound. Amazing combo of tech and art. Yes, I am biased. But. We are incredibly proud. Response has been incredible, just amazing, especially from blind people (unsurprisingly).”

You are lost, deep in the darkness of the land of the dead. Your eyes are useless to you here — but your ears are filled with sound. And what is it you can hear … ?

All you know is someone is in grave danger and desperately needs your help. Can you save them and make your escape or will you be trapped in the blackness forever?

You’re in Papa Sangre’s palace. His palace is in an afterlife that takes the form of a malevolent, unpredictable carnival: imagine a Mexican graveyard on the Day of the Dead — with the lights off. You’re the piñata for a host of partying monsters. They probably look a lot worse than they sound. You should count yourself lucky it’s too dark to see them.

Download on iTunes.

Found via BoingBoing.

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