Carly Barton - OST
One of the more ambitious world-building enterprises you will hear this year comes courtesy of Portland-based artist Carly Barton. Her latest offering, OST, channels the interior beauty of spaces and places in Nintendo 64 cartridges and of SquareSoft RPGs. Barton leads the listener through a complete walkthrough of a lush, polygonal world. Similar to the material experience of gaming itself, the pieces collected in OST reflect a gorgeous, expansive, yet isolated experience.
OST is presented as a risograph printed book, containing sheet music for piano to each of the pieces. Additionally, the book is accompanied by a USB containing the music to Barton's record, in both MIDI and original form, appropriately titled the console and arcade versions, respectively. Immerse yourself.