The Wonder Pets New York, NY (August 3, 2007)–Composer Steve Horowitz was recently a member of the team that snagged a Broadcast Design Award (BDA) Silver for its creation of the “Wonder Pets Save the Day” interactive game, producing all audio and sound effects for the online adventure.
“Wonder Pets Save the Day” is a simple interactive saga where the heroes of Noggin’s lauded Wonder Pets TV show work together–with the help of its young players–to help baby penguins, dolphins, and pigeons. Horowitz’ snappy, fully orchestrated audio design, based on the operatic motifs of the TV show, provides an upbeat pace that keeps the on-screen action engaging at all times.
“Making audio for games calls for a lot of forethought to make it all work–composing, re-adapting, and thinking in a modular way,” says Horowitz. “In a game like Wonder Pets, you have to be aware that anything can happen at any time, and plan the arrangements accordingly.
“You also have to love games!” Horowitz continues. “I really enjoyed working on Wonder Pets. I had the privilege of teaming with an extremely talented group of producers and creatives on this project. Besides being perhaps the first interactive game with instructions delivered in song, this is a really nice TV-to-online adaptation that required keeping true to the themes of the show while at the same time developing new interactive twists and turns.”
Horowitz’s interactive mindset is playing directly into his upcoming album release on Fluff-Tone Records, “Un-Natural Acts.” A duet recording featuring Horowitz on fretless bass and drummer Michael Evans, “Un-Natural Acts” is a natural extension of Horowitz’ admiration for legends ranging from Charlie Hayden to Morton Feldman, while adding in a number of 21st-century inspired sound design elements.