SPATE soundtrack captures descent into madness

A digital soundtrack has been released for SPATE, a dark and atmospheric platformer funded through Kickstarter. Composed by Mike Raznick (Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus, Firefall), the soundtrack captures the psychological journey and sombre aesthetic of the game:

“The inspiration for this soundtrack lives in an early 20th-century classical impressionistic world of rain, psychological fragility and instability, ranging from moments of clarity to epic absinthe-induced hallucinations. In early discussions regarding the music style, we knew that this would be a low to medium impact game where the role of the music would be to enhance it’s dark, rainy atmosphere while allowing the player to feel the emotional arc that the protagonist Detective Bluth experiences during his slow descent into madness. The soundtrack would be epic, but it had to be ambient, atmospheric, ethereal, and sometimes atonal. Rather than drive the emotional experience of the game, it would subtly immerse the player.”Mike Raznick

The soundtrack features orchestral recordings from Budapest Scoring and dynamic string quartet performances. The featured soloists are Martin Tillman (cello) of The Dark Knight and inFamous 2 fame, as well Lisa Liu (violin, viola), Holly Sedillos (vocals), Charlie Adelphia (oboe), and Joshua Davis (bassoon). The 15-track soundtrack can be streamed in full or downloaded for 7 USD now through Bandcamp.

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Chris Greening. Last modified on April 17, 2014.

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