In Return to Hen Planet, gamers are brought back to the floating kingdom of Chook Environment hundreds of a long time after the gatherings of the primary game to obtain the when-outstanding island has fallen into ruin. Although the darker environment is a departure from the first Chook Globe, the new sport continue to has one particular critical trait in widespread: it does not in fact exist. But its soundtrack does.
Return to Chicken Planet will come from musician and Twitter temperament Leon Chang, who’s been releasing movie activity-inspired albums for the previous handful of years. His to start with major task, 2017’s Fowl Globe, was ostensibly the soundtrack to an SNES-era sport about a small fowl embarking on an experience. Even however you will never play it, the soundtrack provided an notion of what the nonexistent game could possibly be about. You’d journey across a playful island, support out citizens of a little village, and in the long run confront a world-shifting fight before declaring goodbye to all the quirky characters you met along the way.
Chang explained the notion for building a phony soundtrack arrived out of the music to which he was presently producing and listening. “I like to create music that sounds like it will come from a movie game, so why not make an album that is centered about a fake video clip video game?” he informed The Verge.
For the sequel, Hen World has jumped to a new generation. The album has PlayStation-esque artwork and a sprawling duration — an hour and a fifty percent — to match the expansive soundtracks that’d rating online games like Last Fantasy and Chrono Cross. It is also much more assorted and considerably less relentlessly cheery than the initial. “The Mushroom God” would seem to depict a melancholy deity whose land has fallen to ruin “Sesame City” is match for a bustling city with a futuristic edge and “A Entire world Descends Into Chaos” quite considerably seems like the identify indicates.
Chang mentioned he started off setting up a Bird Entire world sequel pretty much as quickly as the initial arrived out (he teased a abide by-up as far again as November 2017). Feedback on the first was great more than enough to warrant the sequel, he reported, but there was also loads a lot more he desired to do. Though writing the to start with album, Chang observed that he had ideas for more music that, as an novice musician, he was continue to figuring out how to truly make.
“On Bird Earth, I wish I could have finished additional orchestral things and extra soundtrack-y sort of stuff, and now I have the potential to do that,” Chang mentioned. “This upcoming album just feels like having all of that into as big of a factor as I can do.”
The album came collectively with the enable of a “long-functioning Google Doc” where by Chang sketched out the plot, people, and settings of Return to Hen Entire world. Whilst you will not get to read the whole issue, you can get some of the aspects from a 28-web page recreation handbook that accompanies the physical release of the album — a double CD package deal that’s also meant to emulate those classic PlayStation RPGs.
match manual teaser:
table of contents~
mastered by me
mixed by me
engineered by me
recorded at my dwelling
saxophone on “a globe descends into chaos” by steve pardo pic.twitter.com/yz3Mdd85jp
— leon (@leyawn) November 21, 2020
Listeners won’t know the full tale by the time they are completed, but Chang created the album so that there is a narrative functioning from beginning to conclude. “I’m hoping people can get some of [the plot] out of the tracks,” he mentioned, “but a large amount is still left to the creativity nevertheless.”
Some tracks had been created specifically to score areas or occasions Chang experienced in brain, whilst other people started as music that he afterwards worked into the plot. Chang employed artists to create the album’s deal with and the video game handbook illustrations (Aliana Wong and Titas Antanas Vilkaitis), and he wrote the duplicate himself. “I place all the copy and style and design jointly, and that took me without end to do,” Chang mentioned.
The consequence is yet another album that ought to go away you wishing you could participate in the game to which it belongs. The album comes out now on Bandcamp and will be out there on other streaming platforms beginning Saturday.