Glitch Black

If you’re a thirtysomething, you’re no doubt familiar with those video game themes. You know the type — the 8-bit, crushed synth scores that loop with intensity as you battle a boss.

The hooks are no doubt present in the theme songs and sound effects of “Super Mario Bros.” and “F-Zero,” two old Nintendo games that are close to my heart.

Those sounds are close to Baton Rougean Danny Bourque’s heart, too.

When the 32-year-old isn’t working on motion graphics for the local ad agency, The Moran Group, he’s at home. His eyes are glued to a computer screen that’s filled with sound emulators and plug-ins. He is creating soundtracks for unmade video games, under the moniker Glitch Black.

Since 2014, he’s released three albums. Just a few weeks ago, he released the 14-track “Death Spiral.”Listening to it is like playing a ‘90s Super Nintendo game that’s part shooter, part horror-fantasy and all fun.

And he’s received mounds upon mounds of support from across the globe. The release is currently No. 1 on the best-selling album charts on Bandcamp.

- Matthew Sigur / The Advocate 

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