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Saturday, March 15, 2014

03.15 - Isaac Schankler & co.'s Depression Quest is XYZZY Interactive Fiction Awards Best Implementation Finalist

Depression Quest, an award-winning interactive (non)fiction game about living with depression by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey, and Isaac Schankler, designed to spread awareness about depression, is a Best Implementation finalist for the 2013 XYZZY Awards, the equivalent of Academy or Grammy Awards recognizing extraordinary interactive fiction.

For Depression Quest, Isaac Schankler designed a generative and interactive soundtrack that depends on the player's path through the game. The music includes samples from freesound.org and is inspired by Arvo Pärt, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, David Kanaga.  Click on the square to download Isaac Schankler's soundtrack.

Isaac Schankler is an alum of both the QMUL Music Performance and Expression mini-group at the Centre for Digital Music (visiting artist-in-residence in 2012) and of the USC Music Computation and Cognition Lab (2010-2012), working on and improvising with both Mimi and Mimi4x.