Presidential soundtrack for Quantum Conundrum

And now for something completely different. One of the Presidents of the United States of America will be lending his composing talents to Quantum Conundrum, announces Square Enix. But – unfortunately for those who have heard Barack Obama’s singing – it’s not that kind of president.

Quantum Conundrum

Quantum Conundrum

Instead, twice Grammy-nominated songwriter Chris Ballew will be doing the honours – the former frontman from 90s rock band The Presidents of the United States of America (remember Peaches?). Ballew new writes and performs under the name Caspar Babypants, creating beautiful (thoughtful, acoustic) music for the under-5s.

Both of these elements make him the “top choice” when it came time to pick the music for the quirky, environmental puzzle game, says audio director Tom Smurdon:

“The team wanted someone who would be fun and quirky and would really fit the style of the game. He’s a ton of fun to work with and all of that comes through in the music he writes.”

For father-of-two Ballew, it was a natural progression:

I like making music for kids because I admire their inventive imaginations, and as an adult I nurture that same creativity in myself.

The gameplay, humor and art style in Quantum Conundrum embodies that same sentiment.

Created by Airtight Games, Quantum Conundrum was designed by Kim Swift, former Portal lead designer. The game revolves around the eccentric scientist and inventor Professor Fitz Quadwrangle, who has disappeared following a failed experiment. You play as the professor’s nephew – a quiet, 12yr old boy. Equipped with a special, dimension-changing glove, you must find out what happened – and bring your uncle home!

Quantum Conundrum is out a little later this week for PC (pre-order now via Steam!), and will arrive on PS3 and Xbox 360 in the next month or two.

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