Fifth House Ensemble partners with the only composer (Austin Wintory) ever to receive a GRAMMY nomination for his beautiful and innovative instrumental score to the 2012 game JOURNEY, a game many critics have hailed as one of gaming’s greatest artistic achievements. Fifth House Ensemble will present a special concert featuring a new arrangement of the entire musical score to JOURNEY, performed live to accompany audience members who will take turns playing through different sections of the game, with the music reacting to their every move in real time. See a blend of classical concert music and groundbreaking animation featured in the Smithsonian’s “Video Games as Art” Exhibit.
According to the game’s own website, “Journey is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others.” The game uses no speech or text to tell its story, which begins as the player assumes control over a cloaked avatar, adrift in a vast and shifting desert with only one visible landmark—a looming mountain—that hangs over Journey’s frequently empty, forlorn spaces; this mountain exercises an incredible magnetic pull on your experience (though the game never explicitly instructs the player to head there). As the player traverses a vast terrain tinged with lonely, alien beauty, they will interact with a narrative that is ambiguous and abstract, but at the same time surprisingly accessible and emotional.