Inside a Dead Skyscraper is a music video game for the song “The building” by Jesse Stiles. Produced by Molleindustria. It’s quite seductive, and you can participate in playing it here.
The song is from the album “Target Museum” Specific Recordings – 2010. The game and the song are based on Jesse’s brief tenure as a videographer in the partially destroyed buildings surrounding the World Trade Center site. The idea is meant to be a critical answer to the proliferation of rhythm games like Guitar Hero. These karaoke-derived products simply capitalise on already successful music, generating royalties for a dying record industry and reinforcing the mythology of the rock star as super-human that common people should identify with.
An alternative approach to the musical game form links the independent music and independent games scenes. Indie music games could promote unknown bands to the multi-tasking, hyperactive, interaction-addicted new generation. They could enhance the listening experience whilst being autonomous works as the best music videos have in the last 30 years.
Is there a way to win or to lose?
Note originally published under creative commons license July 2010 by molleindustria