With the upcoming release of platformer Balan Wonderworld, the composer of the title, Ryo Yamazaki, discussed his involvement with the title and the numerous challenges, inspirations, and other tidbits that influenced the overall product.
Yamazaki wanted Balan Wonderworld’s soundtrack to hearken back to the aesthetic feel of Cirque du Soleil. He also watched several films with soundtracks clearly foraying into musical theater territory while being attentive to how the music was incorporated into these films’ storytelling.
When composing the soundtrack initially, Yamazaki found the title solely directed towards a younger demographic due to the cutesy and vibrant art style. However, further exposure to the title’s thematic intentions and characters showed him that this cast was facing conflicts anyone from any age group could contend with, further influencing his work on the project.
As for challenges, this title was Yamazaki’s first foray into the musical theater genre, so, much experimentation occurred during the creative process. There was also pressure added on by the tracks having to be finished as soon as possible since they were directives for the motion capture sequences of the dancing.
Balan Wonderworld is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, and PC-via Steam on March 26, 2021.
You can check out our preview of the upcoming title here.
You can read the interview in its entirety here.
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