SpaceChem Original Soundtrack

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SpaceChem Original Soundtrack
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January 10, 2011
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A low-key puzzler based on the scientific principles of chemical synthesis doesn’t seem to suggest a spectacular score, but SpaceChem manages to surpass genre expectations. In fact, it emerges as one of the best synth-driven Western sci-fi game scores.


French artist Evan LE NY‘s work here is built upon ethereal synth pads and choirs, lightly chugging industrial rhythms that ground the soundtrack’s floaty disposition, and a smartly used, proudly expansive main theme.

Out of these ingredients, SpaceChem creates relaxed background grooves as well as melodic statements of space faring adventure that are simple, but effective. The artist’s assured use of both electronic and orchestral sounds is evident throughout — witness the lovely oboe melody on “Some Calm”, surrounded by glistening, bubbling piano and synths.

Most surprising however is how easily Evan LE NY incorporates flighty, lyrical episodes such as “A New World” or “Some Elements”. Their orchestrations and melodic charm almost take the music into fantasy territory, highlighting the music’s enchanting sense of wonder at the game’s science-driven universe.


Meditative, playful and occasionally theatrical, SpaceChem‘s scope is far greater than one first look might suggest. The 24-minute album is available to download for free on Jamendo now.

SpaceChem Original Soundtrack Simon Elchlepp

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Posted on March 22, 2015 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on March 21, 2015.

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A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.

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