Songlines is a gesture-based musical experience, built in Unity and featuring motion control via Microsoft's Kinect platform. The game's core concept is based on an Aboriginal Australian creation myth in which totemic spirit beings created the world through song and dance. The player takes on the avatar of a primordial creator spirit who flies through a blank and formless landscape, using gestural control via the Kinect and a unique recombinant music system to directly shape and populate the world around her. Songlines provides a sensory experience that is at once relaxing, energizing, and transcendent, as the player watches life burst into being all around her.
Songlines was developed as a Master's thesis project at the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. It was shown at USC's First Look Festival, UCLA's Game Art Festival, the TEDxUSC Game Lounge, and the IMD's 2012 thesis show Other Worlds. It will also be appearing in the Indiecade Gallery at this year's E3, so please come by and experience it for yourself!
For demonstration purposes, the video was captured mute and the audio was added later. The audio is a sample created by the composer to provide a better feeling of the game's audio engine and it is different every time you play.