Aeriae presents 'Leadlight' - a new horror computer game for the Apple II

After a year and a half of development, I am pleased to announce that my Survival Horror Interactive Fiction game for the Apple II, Leadlight, is ready for play:

15-year-old Belinda Nettle is studying at Linville Girls High School in Australia's Blue Mountains. After falling asleep in the library one afternoon, she wakes from her mundane existence into a nightmare. Her classmates are transformed, nameless terrors seek her out across the schoolgrounds, and traps and tricks threaten her life at every turn.

Can you help Belinda survive this terror-filled night and solve its mysteries? And will there be a new day?

* Brings modern survival horror feel to a classic gaming form
* Defeat enemies and uncover secrets to improve your score
* Experiment with weapons and clothing to improve your stats
* Solve puzzles and uncover frightful secrets
* Avoid gruesome traps, or back up a move if you fall prey to them
* Evade capture with the HIDE command

The game is free to play, and can be run online in a browser-based emulator, or offline with one of the downloadable emulator packs for different systems. Just visit the website to get started.

There's also an illustrated Player Guide and a website FAQ explaining how to play interactive fiction if you've never tried it before, and a coded hint sheet for help with the puzzles.

The game recently competed in the 2010 Interactive Fiction Competition, where it placed 14th out of 26 entries in the public vote. This was a very strong result for a piece of 8-bit Apple II software drawing on a genre which didn't even exist when the Apple II computer was in its heyday, and competing against a majority of games designed with state of the art authorship systems with unlimited resources at their disposal.

Realising this game was one of the biggest creative and programming/engineering challenges of my life, and I’m really pleased with the result.

I hope you enjoy the game, and if you do, please let other folks know about it.

With this project complete, I can at last return my focus to completion of the second Aeriae album, and it is indeed extremely near completion.

Nov 27 2010 Aeriae @ Quake Aid gig cancelled

Unfortunately the November 27 Aeriae gig has been cancelled. The extra stage for the Clan Analogue acts at the Tibet concert has been undone for reasons which stem from the local council. My apologies for any inconvenience.

Aeriae plays @ Kyegu Quake Aid, Nov 27, 2010

I'm playing at 'Quake Aid: Concert for Tibet' at James Meehan Reserve, Dee Why beach, Sydney on Nov 27, 2010. Funds raised go to victims of the April 14 Kyegu earthquake in Tibet.

Details: Concert goes from 12noon-8pm The event will feature international artists, Tibetan dancers, kids activities and food stalls.

Aeriae will be playing along with Clan Analogue acts - Bleepin J Squawkins, Lunar Module, Valley Forge (w live appearance by Kamahal), Telafonica

Live recording of Aeriae set from Bandwidth II

New on the Downloads page: A live recording of my half hour set at the Red Rattler on June 12, 2010.

This is a direct download link to the file (it's a 49MB mp3)

AMay @ Sydney Biennale 2010 photos

Here we see AMay playing on twin screens at SuperDeluxe Artspace (The Gunnery, Woolloomooloo, Sydney) on July 1 while apathetic hipsters drink at the bar, screen right.

Bandwidth II set list (Saturday June 12, 2010)

1. Lord of the Rings (Leonard Rosenman), The Immortal – Apple IIGS (Douglas Fulton), Intro
2. Lenticular Cup
3. Skirr
4. Delta's Believe Again - Aeriae version, Movement for the Brides
5. AMay

Live VJing by Squiggle, photography by Miriam Stirling

AMay screening at Sydney Biennale, July 01, 2010

Thanks to the tireless work of Al Cossar, formerly of the Portable Film Festival, the AMay videoclip will be screening on July 1 at the Sydney Biennale, along with other shorts that evening after the 7:30pm 'PechaKucha'. Entry is free.

The clip plays great to a crowd, as I discovered at
This Is Not Art in Newcastle, so come along!

The venue is

The Gunnery Building
43–51 Cowper Wharf Road

More event info ->

Aeriae plays @ BANDWIDTH II on June 12, 2010, The Red Rattler, Sydney

Aeriae plays at Clan Analogue's evening mini-festival, Bandwidth (II), on June 12, 2010, at the Red Rattler Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney

The Red Rattler
6 Faversham St, Marrickville
Sydney, NSW 2204

Entry will be cheap (sub $10), the venue's big and the furniture's comfy

Currently I'm on stage at 6 PM

Here's the impressive projected lineup:

data transmit, aeriae, dj foxbat, valley forge, swingin' tasty bag, kate carr, actual russian brides, dj tigerlilly, telafonica, loopsnake, lunar module, m.o.r., bleepin' j squawkins, dj andy rantzen

New track from Victris, 'Angel Team', plus jukebox revamp

I just reorganised, moving the MP3 jukebox to the front page and changing its contents.

To celebrate my productivity, I've put a brand new track in the
jukebox from forthcoming album Victris, called Angel Team. The mix is in glorious mono. Enjoy.