May 07

Damjan Mravunac – The Talos Principle (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:10:19 minutes | 656 MB | Genre: Score / Instrumental, Oriental, Medieval
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Steam | Artwork: Front Cover

This soundtrack is absolutely stellar. It creates a timeless atmosphere and sets the mood for the entire game

Tracklist:

01. Welcome to Heaven (02:21)
02. When in Rome (02:27)
03. Trials (03:48)
04. The Sigils of Our Name (02:32)
05. Temple of My Father (02:48)
06. Made of Words (04:45)
07. Sanctuary (01:54)
08. A Land of Great Beauty (03:18)
09. A Land of Ruins (02:42)
10. Before Was Only Chaos (02:17)
11. All Else Is Decay (02:54)
12. The Worlds of My Garden Are Many (02:49)
13. The Temple of the Sands (02:00)
14. The Guardians (02:21)
15. The Dance of Eternity (01:24)
16. Your Wisdom Grows (02:10)
17. Blessed and Beloved (01:50)
18. A Land of Tombs (02:17)
19. To Seek Salvation (02:21)
20. Do With It as You Will (02:09)
21. Virgo Serena (01:32)
22. The Forbidden Tower (03:44)
23. Out There (02:49)
24. Heavenly Clouds (02:40)
25. False God (03:58)
26. Blessed Messenger (00:59)
27. The End of the Process (Finale) (03:30)

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May 03

David Fenn – Titan Souls: Original Soundtrack (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:00:09 minutes | 519 MB | Genre: Score / Orchestral, Epic, Instrumental, Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Steam | Artwork: Front Cover

Titan Souls is a 2015 action-adventure developed by UK-based indie studio Acid Nerve and published by Devolver Digital. It was released on April 14, 2015 on Windows, OS X, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita. The Tian Souls is the spiritual source and sum of all living things between earth and the world beyond. You play a lone archer that is on a quest to find the Titan Souls as it has been scattered across the ruins guarded by the idle titans. It’s a strategic, open world, 2D top down action game and the twist is that you only got one weapon, an arrow, and yes, only allowed to fire one at a time. It’s the only arrow you got, and it’s got a boomerang effect so you always get it back after it hits the target. The score is composed by David Fenn who is also credited for writing the story.

The trailer used some epic music with choirs and everything and I wonder if that is reflected in the score. It opens with ‘Souls’ a nice laid back cue with flute, strings and guitar. Nothing epic about it, but really beautiful. It feels peaceful and part of a nice grassy world. The next cue ‘Titans’ is much more epic (but I wouldn’t call it that) with heavy percussion and horns, although it’s missing the choir. The motif itself is nice but forgettable. ‘Truth And Power’ is nicer with great percussion and mixing in a soft flute and hurried strings. The string motif is good too, and I really feel the action in conjunction with the percussion. ‘Between Our World & The World Beyond’ is a calmer cue and I feel like I enjoy the calmer cues the most. The action doesn’t feel epic enough to me, doesn’t have the right weight, although I think the percussion is great.

‘Legendary Titan Slayer’ is fun. It feels like I’m in the wild west the way the music is constructed with that trumpet coming in. The rhythm also has a western feel over it. I like it. In a way it’s like a wild west in dungeons. ‘Avarice’ is a shock, but in a great way. It’s a theme inspired by heavy metal with a couple of guitars. I totally didn’t expect that, but this is pretty good. ‘Forest Songs’ is a simple guitar and harp melody which I enjoy a lot. It has similar qualities as the opening cue ‘Souls’, but most of all, the melody is very catchy. ‘The Disgraced Guardian’ takes the heavy metal approach again, and it’s even better than before. Love it. It seems to continue with ‘Bomber’ and ‘Roller’ to some extent. Why isn’t the whole score like this? It’s awesome! Also, choir! In ‘The Forgotten Guardian’ they appear, although the rest of the music is so-so, the choir sure rocks. In ‘The Last Guardian’ the music takes a more epic for like I heard in the trailer with choir and stern militaristic scoring. The charm of ‘Souls’ reappear in ‘Epilogue’ with a perhaps more heroic element to the sound. This sound I love.

It’s a sort of unsatisfactory feeling I have as I play the last note of this score. I don’t know, I think my expectations didn’t match what I heard unfortunately. It could be epic, I love the heavy metal parts and also the lyrical softer parts, but in the middle of all this, there’s a bunch of cues I didn’t love or hate, just meh. I hope that this one can grow on me, and I plant to play the game so I would say that’s a big possibility.

Tracklist:

01. Souls (01:38)
02. Titans (02:29)
03. Truth and Power (03:18)
04. Between Our World & the World Beyond (02:29)
05. Sludgeheart (01:57)
06. Brainfreeze (02:06)
07. The First Guardian (02:58)
08. Legendary Titan Slayer (03:15)
09. Elhanan’s Melody (02:16)
10. Avarice (01:54)
11. Winterbound (03:04)
12. Titanic (02:35)
13. Yeti Butts (02:06)
14. Stratus (02:16)
15. Forest Songs (02:27)
16. Obello (02:09)
17. Depths (02:08)
18. The Disgraced Guardian (02:12)
19. Bomber (01:40)
20. Roller (02:54)
21. The Elder (01:49)
22. The Forgotten Guardian (02:33)
23. The Last Guardian (02:03)
24. Final Battle (02:00)
25. Epilogue (02:37)
26. Credits (01:16)

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May 03

Erasmus Talbot – Elite: Dangerousc (Original Soundtrack) (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 02:21:06 minutes | 559 MB | Genre: Score / Orchestral, Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Elite Dangerous Store | Artwork: Front Cover

Working on a space game as iconic as Elite: Dangerous is a childhood dream come true. At the same time hugely challenging and rewarding, working on the game enabled me to grow not only as a composer but a professional in general. Overcoming the practical challenges of writing and realizing a 100 minute score, plus delivering the music for a sophisticated interactive playback system, were invaluable lessons.

The project re-introduced me to some of my favourite soundtracks and composers, seeing these in a new light and diving into different compositional approaches; which were sometimes more, sometimes less familiar. While referencing styles typically associated with the genre, I tried also to express my own personality and influences within the score.I hope I have managed to capture some sense of the nostalgia that Elite Dangerous provokes, the beauty and vastness of the Elite universe, the infinite possibilities and narratives it contains, and that players will enjoy my music on this CD as well as in the game.

FACTIONS
It made sense to me to divide exploration, arrival and starport music across factional lines and give each faction a distinct leitmotif and textural flavour.
We gave the Empire and Anarchic assets quite exotic sonic textures. The former infused with Byzantine and Oriental flavours, the latter with African and Middle Eastern ones.
For the Federation we chose to go with a subtle militaristic American mood, dominated by french horn and for the Alliance we chose more airy, romantic European classical elements.

EXPLORATION
Exploration music serves to underpin the beauty, wonder and apparent stillness of the galaxy; an accompaniment to those quieter, more reflective moments in the void (local supernovae notwithstanding).
Exploration music is broken up into the 3 main factional types, using a distinct set of textural flavours and leitmotifs for each, plus a set of assets that describe anarchy systems and unexplored space.
You’ll also hear a set of neutral thematic assets sprinkled randomly across the galaxy. These contain stylistic and textural threads that run through the entire score and which are representative of the Elite galaxy itself.

COMBAT
Combat music is a hybrid of classical and modern styles, combining synth textures and pulses with the symphonic orchestral sound.
The aim was to establish a link to classic orchestral film music and a more modern action scores. In game the synth patterns provide a lot of subtle underpinning and building of threat, whereas the symphonic sections are reserved for higher intensity action and provide more of the thematic material.

MENUS
The menu music encapsulates a sense of ambiguity, as well as foreboding “dangerous” adventures ahead. It contains some of the main motifs that re-appear throughout the soundtrack.

Tracklist:

CD1 – Exploration
01. Neutral – Lonely Pulsar (01:27)
02. Neutral – Neutron Star (01:27)
03. Neutral – White Dwarf (01:48)
04. Neutral – Hypernova (01:42)
05. Neutral – Fusor (01:20)
06. Neutral – Blue Giant (01:22)
07. Neutral – Magnetar (01:10)
08. Neutral – Thorne-Zytkow Object (01:27)
09. Neutral – The Ring Nebula (01:30)
10. Neutral – Hoag’s Object (01:32)
11. Neutral – The Galactic Rose (01:49)
12. Neutral – The Retina Nebula (01:34)
13. Federal Space – Arcturus Rising (01:37)
14. Federal Space – Remembering Sol (01:40)
15. Federal Space – Tau Ceti Permutations (01:39)
16. Federal Space – Delta Pavonis (01:24)
17. Federal Space – Altair (01:44)
18. Federal Space – Beta Hydri (01:17)
19. Federal Space – From Here to Alpha Centauri (01:24)
20. Federal Space – Anlave (01:37)
21. Imperial Space – Delta Phoenicis (01:30)
22. Imperial Space – Cemiess (01:35)
23. Imperial Space – Fawoal (01:36)
24. Imperial Space – Liabeze (01:32)
25. Imperial Space – The Natives of Achernar (01:33)
26. Imperial Space – Liaedin (01:38)
27. Allied Space – To Zaonce and Beyond (01:38)
28. Allied Space – Alioth (01:39)
29. Allied Space – Lave New Alliance (01:31)
30. Allied Space – Gateway (01:40)
31. Allied Space – Leesti (01:38)
32. Allied Space – Anayol (01:15)
33. Allied Space – Soholia (01:16)
34. Allied Space – Diso (01:15)
35. Anarchic Space – Terra Mater (01:27)
36. Anarchic Space – Zelada (01:26)
37. Anarchic Space – Phekda (01:24)
38. Anarchic Space – Riedquat (01:09)
39. Anarchic Space – Uszaa (01:09)
40. Anarchic Space – Canopus (01:14)
41. Anarchic Space – Quator (01:21)
42. Anarchic Space – Hyporborea (01:15)
43. Anarchic Space – Tarach Tor (01:29)
44. Anarchic Space – Utgaroar (01:15)
45. Anarchic Space – Keries (01:16)

CD2 – Frameshift & Starports
01. Frameshift Suite – First Movement – Andromeda (04:02)
02. Frameshift Suite – Second Movement – Centaurus (04:02)
03. Frameshift Suite – Third Movement – Ursa Major (03:26)
04. Frameshift Suite – Fourth Movement – Draco (03:59)
05. Frameshift Suite – Fifth Movement – Coma Berenices (02:28)
06. Frameshift Suite – Sixth Movement – Canes Venatici (02:41)
07. Frameshift Suite – Seventh Movement – Virgo (01:54)
08. Federal Starport (03:44)
09. Imperial Starport (03:37)
10. Allied Starport (03:25)
11. Anarchic Starport (03:25)

CD3 – Combat & Extras
01. E:D Theme (E3 Edit) – Blaze Your Own Trail (01:26)
02. Combat – Low Intensity – Threat – Section 1 (01:03)
03. Combat – Low Intensity – Threat – Section 2 (01:03)
04. Combat – Low Intensity – Threat – Section 3 (01:16)
05. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 1 (01:15)
06. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 2 (00:37)
07. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 3 (00:44)
08. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 4 (01:26)
09. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 5 (00:53)
10. Combat – Low Intensity – Engagement – Section 6 (00:28)
11. Combat – Medium Intensity – Threat – Section 1 (01:31)
12. Combat – Medium Intensity – Threat – Section 2 (00:57)
13. Combat – Medium Intensity – Threat – Section 3 (01:05)
14. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 1 (01:10)
15. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 2 (01:20)
16. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 3 (00:52)
17. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 4 (01:38)
18. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 5 (01:05)
19. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 6 (01:48)
20. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 7 (01:30)
21. Combat – Medium Intensity – Engagement – Section 8 (01:56)
22. Combat – High Intensity – Threat – Section 1 (01:36)
23. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Intro (00:26)
24. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 1 (00:29)
25. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 2 (01:13)
26. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 3 (01:33)
27. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 4 (01:20)
28. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 5 (01:01)
29. Combat – High Intensity – Engagement – Section 6 (01:53)
30. E:D Menus (03:38)

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Apr 28

Cœur de Pirate – Child of Light (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:49:56 minutes | 525 MB | Genre: Score
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: musique.coeurdepirate.com | Artwork: Front Cover

Coeur de Pirate is a Québécoise singer/songwriter and pianist who made her acclaimed eponymous album debut in 2008 and eventually rose to Top Five success in France the following year with her smash hit single “Comme des Enfants.” Born Beatrice Martin on September 22, 1989, in Quebec, Canada, she began playing piano at age three and was educated in Montreal. She began her recording career in 2007, posting demo versions of her songs on MySpace. Around this same time, she began playing keyboards in the acclaimed Montreal-based indie pop band Bonjour Brumaire. As a solo artist, she made her full-length album debut in 2008 with the eponymous album Coeur de Pirate on the label Grosse Boîte. While the album was championed right away by indie pop scenesters in Quebec, it caught on more steadily from a commercial standpoint and was given a big boost when photographer Francis Vachon used the album track “Ensemble” in a YouTube video that became a viral hit on the Internet. Nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards, Coeur de Pirate was released in France in 2009 in association with Universal Music. It became a big hit there, reaching the Top Ten of the French albums chart for several weeks in summer 2009 and spawning the Top Five hit single “Comme des Enfants.” The French version of Coeur de Pirate features a duet with Nouvelle Star season five winner Julien Doré on the song “Pour un Infidèle” whereas the Canadian version features a duet with Jimmy Hunt. In addition to her solo work as Coeur de Pirate, Martin founded Pearls, an English-language side project that made its debut on MySpace. Another collaboration, Armistice, featured Bedouin Soundclash’s Jay Malinowski and members of the Bronx; the group released an EP in 2011. Late that year, Coeur de Pirate’s second album Blonde arrived. Martin announced she was pregnant in February 2012, giving birth to a daughter that September. For a while afterward, Martin focused on soundtrack work, writing music for Radio-Canada’s medical TV drama Trauma in 2013 and the Ubisoft video game Child of Light in 2014. The following year, she returned with Roses, the first Coeur de Pirate album to feature half its songs in English and half in French. In 2016, she performed in Les Souliers Rouges, a musical retelling of Michael Powell’s film The Red Shoes that also featured songs written and performed by Marc Lavoine and Arthur H, and music by composer Fabrice Aboulker. ~ Jason Birchmeier

Tracklist:

01. Cœur de pirate – Pilgrims on a Long Journey 03:31
02. Cœur de pirate – Aurora’s Theme 03:28
03. Cœur de pirate – Magna’s Heart 02:35
04. Cœur de pirate – Jupiter’s Lightning 02:07
05. Cœur de pirate – Final Breath 02:04
06. Cœur de pirate – Patches of Sky 03:18
07. Cœur de pirate – Dark Creatures 02:05
08. Cœur de pirate – Little Girl, Gen 02:48
09. Cœur de pirate – Bolmus Populi 01:29
10. Cœur de pirate – Leave Your Castle 03:51
11. Cœur de pirate – Metal Gleamed in the Twilight 04:35
12. Cœur de pirate – Funeral Dirge 00:46
13. Cœur de pirate – Down to a Dusty Plain 02:56
14. Cœur de pirate – Woods Darker than Night 02:12
15. Cœur de pirate – Path of the Eclipse 02:23
16. Cœur de pirate – Hymn of Light 04:38
17. Cœur de pirate – Victory 00:38
18. Cœur de pirate – Off to Sleep 04:25

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