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Jonathan Coulton - "Still Alive"

Jonathan Coulton - "Still Alive"

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Jonathan Coulton - "Still Alive"

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In a game filled with suspense and revelation, perhaps the most surprising moment of 2007’s Portal was its finale: as the end credits roll, the game’s antagonist (an artificial-intelligence entity named GLaDOS) sings an upbeat, subtly-menacing coda, congratulating Chell (Portal’s protagonist) on her victory, but noting that she (GLaDOS) is “still alive”. As an ending sequence, it’s matchless – the perfect combination of resolution and intrigue.

As with 93% of things geekish, “Still Alive” comes from Jonathan Coulton, whose gift for fluid, winsome melodies melded to tech/nerd subject matter has made him the de facto Greek Chorus of the Internet age.

Approached by video-game maker Valve Studios about writing for an upcoming game, Coulton (a fan of Valve’s Half-Life series) settled on Portal, and composed “Still Alive” in about six weeks. Singer Ellen McLain performed the track’s vocals, and the completed song was released in October of 2007.

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