GLaDOS: Please Proceed Into Android Hell
GLaDOS: Please Proceed into Android Hell
By: Kirsten Grove-White
While I was browsing thesixtyone.com – a music sharing site with video game-like properties such as quests and levels – I came across this fun little piece that was released in 2007 that actually started out as a joke. Thankfully its creators, Victims of Science, decided to make something serious out of it which has since become their most popular piece.
It utilizes auto-tuned clips of GLaDOS’ voice, as well as a couple of turret clips thrown in for added creepiness, to form semi-coherent lyrics. I’m not generally a huge fan of techno, having been raised playing classical music since I was five, but this is quirky and has enough melody for me to actually like it.
Ironically, a section near the end (starting at 2:24, “Thank you for participating in this Aperture Science computerated enrichment activity”) is presented in a way that reminds me of Anglican chant – an old church music technique of presenting a lot of text in a harmonically interesting way. For me, that reminder is a jarring yet fascinating juxtaposition of ancient and extremely modern.
If you’re a fan of techno or Portal or both, or just want something novel to listen to, try this.
Kirsten is studying biology at university currently, but has studied music extensively for most of her life. She has won awards in musicology/music history and performance in both piano and voice. She was also a choral scholar for four years, studying and performing primarily medieval church music. She was introduced to video games as a little girl by her grandfather (weird, right?) and has fought her older sister for controller time ever since. She has a particular passion for video game music, naturally, and is vocal in the fact that she believes it’s some of the best modern music out there and is grossly underrated.