Zack Parrish

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Zack Parrish
Background information
Birth nameStephen Zachary Parrish
Born (1983-11-08) November 8, 1983 (age 35)
Woodland, North Carolina, United States
GenresVideo game
Occupation(s)Composer, Programmer
InstrumentsPiano, alto saxophone
Years active2003–present [1]

Stephen Zachary Parrish (also known as Zack Parrish or CBlockdis) (born 8 November 1983) is an Annual Game Music Award nominated.[2] independent game composer, known for writing the soundtracks to the Metroidvania Valdis Story: Abyssal City, and other games such as Sakura Fantasy, Antipole(DX), Cute Things Dying Violently, Turtle Tale, dʒrægɛn: A Game About a Dragon, Windhaven: Spirit of Flight, and Saga of Original Sin.

Parrish additionally composes music of all genres as an independent musician. His debut independent record, Solo Piano Collection was released for digital distribution on December 7, 2011.[3] Through arrangements and original music, Parrish has also contributed to OverClocked Remix[4] and OverClocked Records.[5]

Early in his career, Parrish joined with Saturnine Games to create music and occasionally sounds for the games created by Saturnine. The first game launched under Saturnine was Cosmos X2 for the Nintendo DSi on August 30, 2010,[6] with Parrish having created the synthetic soundtrack that can be heard throughout the game. While continuing his work at Saturnine, Parrish has joined with several other Independent Developers including Carolina Moya and Kyron Ramsey who make up the team Endless Fluff. Under the direction of Endless Fluff, Parrish created the eerie orchestral soundtrack to Valdis Story: Abyssal City over the span of 2 years.[7] Valdis Story: Abyssal City became an independent hit on Steam, creating the opportunity for Parrish to be nominated under “Outstanding Contribution – Independent Composer” at the Annual Game Music Awards. In the 2013 Annual Game Music Awards, Parrish would go on to win the achievement he was nominated for.[8]

Parrish is known for his versatility in styles as he enjoys mixing up genres. Once receiving concept art, backstories for characters, or other information about the “world” he is creating music for, he comes up with an idea that fits with the game. He doesn’t stick to one genre for this reason, and has received praise for doing so.[9]

Currently, Parrish continues his work under Saturnine Games, and works under several independent companies, but does not stick to one. In addition to composition, Parrish works as a Programmer for Cherokee Health Systems.[10]

Early life and education[edit]

Parrish was brought up in Ahoskie, North Carolina, attending local primary schools there.[11] Through high school, Parrish played the alto saxophone in his school concert band as well as marching band while playing the piano on the side. From adolescence, Parrish fell in love with the Final Fantasy series, becoming inspired by the music of Nobuo Uematsu.[12] Parrish would later go to write music for noteworthy games and short films.[13][14]


Title Year System Notes
Cosmos X2 2010 Nintendo DSi Guitar performance by Anthony Morgan[15]
Antipole[16] 2011 Nintendo DSi Guitar performance by Anthony Morgan[17]
Cute Things Dying Violently[18] 2011 Windows, OS X,
The Saga of Original Sin[19] Canceled (Album only release, 2012) Windows
Windhaven: Spirit of Flight[20] Canceled (Album only release, 2013 Windows Performances by Anthony Morgan and Amanda Lee[21]
Valdis Story: Abyssal City[22] 2013 Windows, OS X Additional performances by Anthony Morgan, Melissa Freeman, Akhorahil of Thorngoth, additional composition by Kyron Ramsey[23]
Turtle Tale[24] 2014 Nintendo DS
Sakura Fantasy[25] 2015 Windows, OS X Native American Flute performance by Alex Ripple[26]
Regeria Hope[27] 2015 Windows, OS X, Google Play
Dʒrægɛn: A Game About a Dragon[28] 2015 Windows
Sakura Dungeon[29] 2016 Windows
Sacred Earth: Memory[30] TBD Windows, OS X Additional performances by Alex Ripple[31][32]
Antipole DX TBD Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2014, Parrish won the award for “Outstanding Contribution – Independent Composer” at the 2013 Annual Game Music Awards for Valdis Story: Abyssal City and Windhaven: Spirit of Flight.[33]

In 2014, Parrish was nominated for “Outstanding Contribution – Independent Composer” at the 2014 Annual Game Music Awards for dʒrægɛn: A Game About a Dragon.[34]