Richard Wagner


David Kanaga is an American composer and game designer known for his interactive scores for video games, such as Proteus, Dyad and Panoramical. He has written essays for his blog Wombflash Forest as well as the recent Oxford Handbook of Algorithmic Music, in which he explored video games and their significance to the wider (art) public on a more philosophical level. His music is described as ‘extra-terrestrial, eclectic and important’ and albums have been released on labels such as Orange Milk, Noumenal Loom, and Software Recording Co., run by the musician and producer Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never). In 2017, he created Oikospiel, Book I, a dog opera in the form of a video game. It is the first part in a series of operas that are to culminate in a worldwide gaming festival, The Geospiel, at the next turn of the century. In the same year, he received the IGF (Independent Games Festival) Nuovo Award for this work. The second part premiered at the Holland Festival in 2018. Oikospiel Book II: Heat Cantatawas a combination of video games and musical theatre performed live.