August 9, 2022

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Card of Darkness Soundtrack by Stemage Now Available

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Materia Collective is excited to release the Card of Darkness (Original Game Soundtrack) by composer Stemage. Just released on Apple Arcade, Card of Darkness is a hand-painted adventure designed around an accessible, minimalist, card game core developed and released by Zach Gage (Ridiculous Fishing), Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time), and Choice Provisions (BIT.TRIP). Stemage–best known for his contributions to Steven Universe, Metroid Metal, and Bubsy: Paws on Fire!–has crafted a score inspired by retro RPGs, Switched-On synth experiments, and fits of danger and wonder. Card of Darkness (Original Game Soundtrack)  is now available wherever digital music is sold:

Card of Darkness (Original Game Soundtrack) on All Storefronts

“When I started the first music drafts for Card of Darkness, I leaned too friendly,” reflects Stemage. “When you see animations and colors like the ones in this game, you might assume levity. While the game has a friendly look and an adventurous theme song, it’s a tough game. It’s about learning and managing dozens of enemies, building the appropriate loadout, and insane bosses. With Zach and I working together on the feel, the music takes an interestingly dark turn. It’s a fun juxtaposition to the visuals. As you get deeper into the soundtrack, it’s serious business – just like the game. It was a joy to work on and a great excuse to work to play with some analog instrumentation.”

Stemage is a composer, session player, and pinball fanatic. As the founder of Metroid Metal and other videogame music bands, Stemage is also the guitar player and co-composer for the Emmy-nominated Steven Universe and has worked on music for Google, The Avett Brothers, Choice Provisions, Brave Wave Productions, and Japanese composers including Manami Matsumae (Mega Man) and Keiji Yamagishi (Ninja Gaiden). Stemage has been making music and band-hopping for over 25 years and currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

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