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Hey Sound Shapers, we’re really excited to announce our first wave of DLC: four new packs are coming your way – three Sound Packs and a Curved Terrain Pack. The Sound Packs each include five new instruments, five brand new Beat School levels, and for you Trophy hunters, five new Trophies per pack (a total of 15!)

The Sound Packs are $0.99 each, and the Curved Terrain Pack is free. You’ll find everything in our new in-game Sound Shapes Music Shop today. (You can also grab them from the PS Store as usual.)

Here’s a short trailer with a track we put together using some of the new sounds. And remember, if you create something you’re digging, tell us on Twitter, Facebook – we love playing your levels.

Oh, and one (ok, a few) more things… So the community has created over 15,000 levels (!) and we’ve been noting our favorites since launch. But how to share them? We have an idea! Coming in December is the Community Milkcrate – the best user-created content in Sound Shapes gathered and organized into themed albums so you can find the levels that match your mood or play style. Chill, amped, long, short, tough as nails, and on and on. As part of the Milkcrate, we’ve been chatting with some rad musicians and game industry folks and they’ll also be putting together collections of their favorites for you (their stuff coming in 2013.) The new year will also bring a new vehicle DLC pack but before the big ‘13 we have a little holiday present from everyone here at Queasy, stay tuned!

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The DLC Details

Acoustic Sound Pack ($0.99)
Bring some clean analog tones to your game with five new acoustic instruments. Strum a tune with a guitar, dance across the ivories on a piano, or thumb the unique sounds of the kalimba.

Drum Kits Sound Pack ($0.99)
This pack is all about rhythm. Snares, hi-hats, toms, and more let you groove to everything from a cool jazz backdrop to a driving rock beat. There’s even an electronic kit for some 80’s hip-hop style jams if that’s more your style.

8-Bit Sound Pack ($0.99)
Compose in the key of chiptune with bleeps, bloops, and other classic game sounds. It’s more than just chiptunes as you’ll get modern electronic synths, bass lines, and loops too. A variety packed pack for sure!

Curved Terrain Pack (free download)
This one’s for the platforming fans out there. Bend, stretch, and shape curves to add smooth surfaces to your smooth beats. Many of you have been waiting for this and it’s free right now. (It’s also key for some future DLC but we’ll keep that a surprise for now.)

(Source: blog.us.playstation.com)

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On account of turkeys and families we’re taking this week off from the livestream and Theme-A-Week announcement… but there’s still plenty to do!

If playing levels is your vibe we’ve got Theme-A-Weeks for weeks. If you’re feeling more creative, why not revisit a  previous Theme-A-Week? The announcement is weekly but the theme never ends and we play all your levels.

Ok well, so have a great weekend, enjoy your friends and fam, and we’ll catch you soon.

#1SL

#ESC

#HLWN

#CRES

#321

#GRAV

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Beck’s newest album is nothing like what you’re used to and yet exactly as advertised. There’s no CD in the box and you won’t find it on iTunes because the twenty songs that make up this collection are sheet music only. If you want to hear Song Reader you’ll have to play it yourself (or befriend some musicians.)

We quite like this experiment. It harkens to a time when all music was communicated visually and reading and playing (unless you’re Mozart) was a required skill. Although rarely mentioned outside musical circles, there’s a visual aesthetic to music. In the same way typography adds a feeling to the text, musical notation communicates something about the music.

Another fascinating aspect to this experiment is that this will be an album entirely of covers. Beck has made no indication that he’ll be recording a version of Song Reader so every song you hear from it will be an interpretation of an artist playing. Beck has provided everything and nothing – simultaneously all the notes and a blank canvas.

Song Reader is being published by the famed McSweeney’s and is available for pre-order now. You can download one of the songs (in sheet music form of course) from songreader.net, check out some of the renditions already recorded, and post your own (maybe recorded in Sound Shapes?.. jk)

3-2-1 It’s the weekend and we got some levels for ya!

From our most recent Theme-A-Week #321, these are some of our faves. And if you tear through those and still want more, check out our other Theme-A-Weeks, HLWN (Halloween), CRES (Crescendo), 1SL (One screen level), and ESC (Escape) – it’s becoming a pretty cool collection.

And if you’re just getting started creating, try designing around one of these themes. The Theme-A-Weeks just start on a particular day but never end and we play every single one. Alright, back to shaping… talk soon! Here are the levels

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3= 2+1 321 by Jool2306
http://www.soundshapesgame.com/level/2cPjQht9

42+1  Things by TheBeejAbides
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/R00Gj8T5

321 Party please! by Nitrious
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/fg9rHxML

321 Let’s go by gasssst
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/9uhYTAT9

waltz 321 by Tomo-delta
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/di7a8I5Y

Tree to Won 321 by Earl_LeeGrave
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/d129jH1O

Shrinkrhapsody by pikathon
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/gNme7dUq

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And of course Daftbomb’s instructionally baked level for the new Theme-A-Week… GRAVITY #GRAV.
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/UphDTBVy

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So we’ve built it up with Crescendo (#CRES), now it’s time to count it down with our third Theme-A-Week… #321.

3 numbers
2 interpret however you want in
1 awesome level

To participate, include “321” in the title and we’ll check them out next Friday on our livestream. And if you missed this week’s livestream of Crescendo, the full list is right here.

As always, Daftbomb has made a killer playable level with all the instructions baked right in. Check it here.

This week’s Theme-A-Week was “Crescendo”, if you missed us playing the levels on the livestream here’s what we checked out. Some pretty awesome ones in here.
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Gezawesome vol1 #cres by geoulenhttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/OK6HGw8m
Keyfall by Milkmaniachttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/WkxTynb1
Deathmouse Cres by Rarnetto2http://soundshapesgame.com/level/QXB681w8
Cresgasm by TheBeejabideshttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/Sz71WYdR
Crest.de.la  by Earl_LeeGravehttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/2DUbVcgf
Just a Little Cres by gassssthttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/5X5fZVJY
soulgift :weary by pikathonhttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/KVCZChhe
7:00 a.m. Cres by tomo-deltahttp://soundshapesgame.com/level/YZolvZNh

This week’s Theme-A-Week was “Crescendo”, if you missed us playing the levels on the livestream here’s what we checked out. Some pretty awesome ones in here.

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Gezawesome vol1 #cres by geoulen
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/OK6HGw8m

Keyfall by Milkmaniac
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/WkxTynb1

Deathmouse Cres by Rarnetto2
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/QXB681w8

Cresgasm by TheBeejabides
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/Sz71WYdR

Crest.de.la  by Earl_LeeGrave
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/2DUbVcgf

Just a Little Cres by gasssst
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/5X5fZVJY

soulgift :weary by pikathon
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/KVCZChhe

7:00 a.m. Cres by tomo-delta
http://soundshapesgame.com/level/YZolvZNh