Don’t worry. I’d never heard of Glitch either. But the story is still pretty cool.
Released in 2011 by Tiny Speck, Glitch was a short-lived browser based MMO that shuttered its servers in 2012. Though it never found the mass audience it needed, the fans it did have were unusually enthusiastic, thanks largely to the game’s more unique creative elements, including artwork by Brent Kobayashi original music by Toronto artist Daniel Simmons.
While player support for the game faded rapidly, support for the aesthetic has proven to be far more enduring. Simmons launched an Indiegogo campaign to remix and remaster the game’s soundtrack, eventually pulling in nearly $57,000 despite asking for only $8,000. (Kobayashi achieved similar results for a campaign to publish an art book, generating $114,000 after asking for $17,000.) The two-part music collection was finally released on January 20th, and now Simmons is celebrating the launch with a live performance in Toronto.
Yes, you’re more than welcome to attend.
The Glitch Soundtrack Release Party takes place this Saturday and will feature nearly twenty local musicians that contributed to the soundtrack, with a pay-what-you-want live stream for those who can’t make it to Toronto. You don’t have to know the game to appreciate the music, especially since 865 backers can’t be entirely wrong.
If you’re curious, all of the newly released material is currently available on Bandcamp. Soundscapes of Ur is a double-disc set of music from the game, featuring the use of a lot of strange instruments that are closer to folk music than conventional game music. Glitch Variations, meanwhile, is a single album boasting music form the game in addition to multiple versions of the game’s theme.
It’s a great opportunity to catch some live music in Toronto, as well as a testament to a unique project and the motivated fan base fought to keep it alive. So come for the music and enjoy the atmosphere when Simmons takes the stage on Saturday.