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Larry Achiampong, Mothership, 2021

CIRCA:
What are you reading and listening to at the moment?

LARRY ACHIAMPONG:
In terms of what I’m experiencing culturally at the moment. I haven’t played any video games for a couple of months as I’ve been pretty busy but a couple of the games that I’ve played - one of which is titled Hollow Night is an incredible side scrolling game. I guess within the gaming community you would call it a metroidvania title which essentially combines the elements of the famed games metroid as well as castlevania. It’s a beautifully crafted game. The visuals are all hand-drawn. The soundtrack is very, very much evocative and capturing of a kind of very gothic atmosphere in which you essentially play as a – you play the type of role of a hollow knight, an insect that is travelling across different environments in this insectoid kind of kingdom. I think what is quite peculiar to me is the way in which the game deals with themes relating to class, race in a certain way, and if you look out for it that of sexuality as well. It’s a very, very deep game, a very difficult game as well.

In terms of music, I kind of feel like I’m having a, I guess like a renaissance regarding like some of the things that my mum would listen to as a kid. So I’ve started making, you know mini mixtapes that include sounds by like the sounds of Stevie Wonder through to Diana Ross, Chic, KC & the Sunshine Band, Cool and the Gang, Earth, Wind & Fire, the Delfonics, Randy Crawford. So, you know, a lot of soul, a lot of disco, RnB.

But I’m also continuing to craft, on a side note, a project titled the Video Game Mixtape. Which essentially involves me compiling and creating playlists and mixtapes of musical tracks from the vaults of video game history which you can find on my website.

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