At the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG) Awards, Laura Shigihara won best original vocal piece for the main theme to Plants vs Zombies (2009), that quirky Tower Defense-style game where players build an army of plants to defend against the zombie invasion. The game has kept many an addict up to the wee hours of the AM. Ms. Shigihara’s music is absolutely delightful, lighthearted with comical references to the horror genre. I can certainly see how the music would get stuck in your head after a few hours of play! Ms. Shigihara did all the music and sound effects, as well as the lyrics and female singing for the game. All of the songs in the soundtrack are happy, delightful, and hummable, with a twist of creepy zombie to them. I have asked Ms. Shigihara about the possibility of releasing a soundtrack to the game, but a lot of this has to do with Popcap Games’ desire (or seeming lack thereof) to commodify the game’s music. We’ll see if a soundtrack gets released. You can read more about Ms. Shigihara’s work in an interview she had with Gametunes.
Ms. Shigihara has also uploaded to Youtube video of herself playing the theme in piano. Read the rest of this entry ?