Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013 by Will Hagle
RemixCarolyn is an interactive music video that doubles as a video game — play through an awesome game while remixing the song “Carolyn” by Swiss Lips.
Swiss Lips, the electro-pop band from Manchester, England, made an extremely catchy song called “Carolyn.” Then they made one of the coolest videos ever, which is hosted at remixcarolyn.com. The video is unique not only because it allows fans to remix the song as the video plays, but because the video itself isn’t even a traditional music video. It’s a completely interactive video game. The game’s design mimics the 80s-synth retro sound of Swiss Lips, and allows users to play through a complete video game as the song plays. The refrain of the song is “Hey, hey Carolyn, get into my car,” and the game’s story adheres to those lyrics. You spend the game controlling a convertible that’s chasing a van which has kidnapped a character named Carolyn. The path on which you choose to drive determines how the game turns out.
The site is designed in the style of a retro arcade video game. The mechanics of the game are relatively simple — you have to drive a car along a pathway using the left and right arrows of your keyboard. However, all of your driving movements within the game are extremely important — as they affect the song and the music video. Some decisions lead to making an awesome mix, and others make the song sound not-so-good. As you drive, you can collect powerups that change the instrumentation of the song. You can also pick up icons of the band members, which adds to the song’s sound, or drive over other random objects that have a random effect on the song. Once you finish the game, the site saves your version of the song and music video, which you can then share with other users. Because there are so many ways to remix the song and play through the game (and because the soundtrack is so good), it’s worth playing through a couple of times.