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Black Screen Records will release the official soundtrack to the critically acclaimed video game Risk of Rain on audiophile double vinyl. The soundtrack comes on heavyweight purple and gold 180g vinyl, in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with liner notes by composer Chris Christodoulou on the inside. It also features a free download code for the regular digital version as well as the so called „engineer edition“ which can be used to remix the album or learn how to play and perform the music. Composer Chris Christodoulou on the soundtrack: “If someone asked me about my musical influences I would simply have them listen to Risk of Rain. Literally everything that has shaped me as a musician is in there. Which is why I'm forever grateful to Duncan and Paul for so graciously allowing me to write exactly the music I wanted without ever asking me to change one single note.” With Risk of Rain the two young developers from Hopoo Games created an instant classic and proofed to make the right choice by hiring Chris Christodoulou as their composer. The roguelike indie game is dynamic and full of action which is greatly complemented by the electronic synth pop music, with its rich soundscapes and catchy trip hop beats. Risk of Rain is an action platformer/adventure game with randomized elements. The game is set in the distant future, where space transportation is common. Space trains carry passengers and goods all across space. A particular space train, however, had some very special cargo. Through a series of unfortunate events, this space train gets shot out of orbit and crash lands on a mysterious planet ... with one survivor. Risk of Rain is out now on PS4, PS Vita, Windows, Linux & Mac OS. “The soundtrack is amazing. [...] Every track is an absolute blinder. Some of it actually reminds me of Deus Ex and Alexander Brandons Work.” - TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit “From each precisely-timed leap that carries you from harm's way, to the crispy pixel visuals of you gunning down a preposterous giant crab, to the looming, grandiose soundtrack, right down to you laughing at the jokes in the main menu's unlockable encyclopedia: absolutely everything is as it should be.” - Eurogamer “It builds skills smoothly without losing the sometimes masochistic difficulty, and it offers a sense of progression while maintaining permadeath. It's the kind of [game] I could recommend to almost anyone.” - Polygon (8,5/10)
Downwell brings back the retro - of course its soundtrack deserves a proper vinyl release. Black Screen Records is releasing the official soundtrack to the celebrated and much praised video game Downwell on audiophile 180 gram vinyl. The pressing will be available limited edition, audiophile 180g red vinyl. The music was composed by Eirik Suhrke who also contributed his impressive work to the soundtracks of games like Spelunky, Ridiculous Fishing, Hotline Miami and Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom. The soundtrack also includes two additional tracks by Ilkae (Aaron Munson). The Downwell soundtrack comes with a free bandcamp code that enables the customer to download the complete soundtrack as mp3s for free and will feature a brand new artwork by Mushbuh known for his work on Burrito Galaxy 65. Composer Eirik Suhrke on the soundtrack: „For the Downwell soundtrack I set out to create somewhat sparse, exotic, dark little chiptune-centric jazz pieces. Inspired by the likes of Erik Satie, Ryoji Yoshitomi, Minako Hamano, Alex Mauer, Ilkae and Jun Ishikawa. Parts of the soundtrack were written on- and recorded off a Game Boy, other parts were written with the sample-based Impulse tracker. Myself, Joonas and Ojiro all worked closely to make sure music, sound design and gameplay all worked in tandem, with each element influencing each other throughout development. It’s also my personal favorite soundtrack I've written to date. “ A “curious man” with guns for boots, who started out on mobile platforms and PC and due to overwhelming response made it to PS4 & PS Vita in May 2016. Downwell is a game that works as short pastime or for hours of madness, excitement and addiction. While developing and unlocking new features the player will find himself rapidly spurred by the minimalistic and yet haunting music that contributes to this games joyful and unique style and makes it a experience you find yourself returning to over and over again. “Downwell is the best game I've played in 2015“ - Polygon
Black Screen Records will release Jonah Senzel’s amazing soundtrack of the critically acclaimed indie game Pony Island on vinyl this November. The bubbling 8bit soundtrack will come on limited edition 180 gram clear and audiophile 180g black vinyl. The artwork was exclusively designed by the game’s creator Daniel Mullins. The soundtrack comes with a Steam code, which can be used to download full game as well as the mp3 version of the soundtrack on Steam. Composer Jonah Senzel on the soundtrack: "Pony island is a game with two distinct faces: the cheerful outer facade, and the evil lurking under the surface. Most of the soundtrack is based around this idea of the “devil within” that's present throughout the game. The most fun part of writing the soundtrack was composing really over the top cheerful cutesy Tracks for the cheery sections and then turning around and getting as gritty and evil sounding as possible for the devil sections. For the happy sections I channeled my inner children’s TV composer using fun, light and bouncy melodies played on old school 8bit synths as well as real instruments like the ukulele. For the demonic sections I also took a lot of inspiration from classic video game chiptune sounds, but I modified them to sound like they were glitching or broken in some way. Compositionally I incorporated some elements that connect back to the game’s main theme, like the use of augmented fourths within chords Which were banned in earl classical music since they were thought to be the ‘devil’s interval’. Overall it was really exciting to write for such a unique and interesting game. I’d like to thank Daniel Mullins for creating the perfect world for this crazy soundtrack to live in." A trippy and unique experience that will make the player desperate and stunned at the same time. Pony Island is probably most enjoyable when played without knowing what to expect. Without giving too much away, it can be said that the game works mostly on the meta-level and it will take some time to figure out where the story is heading. A marvelous game for long and sleepless nights that will leave you pondering and amazed, while enjoying it's varied music that perfectly fits the constant ups and downs of cheerful and vicious moments. For more information on the game visit www.pony-island.com
Black Screen Records is going to release the official soundtrack to the critically acclaimed video game Velocity 2X in cooperation with FuturLab this summer on limited edition, audiophile 180g vinyl. The upbeat electronic music was produced by Killzone & Horizon Zero Dawn composer Joris de Man, whose futuristic chip tune style perfectly fits the visually intense shooter.The soundtrack comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve with original artwork by the FuturLab team along with two audiophile 180 gram discs on blue and neon pink coloured vinyl and an exclusive two-sided A2 poster. “Releasing the Velocity 2X soundtrack on vinyl makes perfect sense - a marriage of music that was conceived purely electronically, on a real and tangible medium renowned for being so organic, warm, rich in sound and dare I say it, human. It’s an added touch of class to a bunch of tracks we really enjoyed making, and we hope you’ll enjoy them for a long time!” - Joris de Man Instead of going with the flow, the British game studio FuturLab loops back to a golden age of gameplay to recreate the pure fun and enjoyment of the great games from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Velocity 2X is a fast, colourful game, rich in variety and imagery. While the sequel to Velocity Ultra stays true to its original gameplay design, it applies a puzzle-platforming adventure, more complex boss fights and an amazing soundtrack to cause even more sleepless nights. Filled with infectious madness and twitchy fun, Velocity 2X is available for PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One and Steam. Check www.futurlab.co.uk for more information on Velocity 2X.
Includes Steam Code for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty the game, and MP3 soundtracks for Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Abe’s back, not on your TV screen but on limited edition vinyl records! A Mudokon chosen by the fickle finger of fate, Abe was a first class floor waxer for RuptureFarms who was catapulted into a life of adventure. Late one night he overheard plans from his boss, Molluck the Glukkon, to turn Abe and his fellow Mudokons into Tasty Treats as a final effort to rescue Molluck’s failing meatpacking empire! Can Abe change the fate of thousands and rescue the Mudokons? Can he escape the dark recesses of RuptureFarms and the desolate, uninviting, and downright terrifying surrounding environment? Lead our unlikely hero on his mission because if he doesn’t make it ... Abe’s back on the menu! Black Screen Records is celebrating Abe’s 18th birthday with the release of the complete video game soundtrack on audiophile 180 gram black vinyl and a limited collector’s edition on 180 gram green vinyl for the very first time. Composed, mixed and mastered by Michael Bross, the soundtrack comes in a full- coloured gatefold sleeve with RuptureFarms art by Raymond Swanland. The vinyl includes an exclusive two-sided A2 poster and a free Steam Code to download the complete game Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty for Mac, Windows and Linux. Additionally the Steam Code enables you to download the remastered Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty and the original 90s Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee soundtrack as MP3s. It was a long way from Abe’s debut in the 1997s Playstation One classic Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee to the beautiful ground-up remake Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty in 2014 but Abe is still looking great. Not only the graphics but also the complete video game soundtrack got an overall makeover - in 2015 Oddworld looks and sounds better than ever before. With over 10 million Oddworld games sold in almost two decades, Oddworld Inhabitants is still known for its iconic characters, its unique black humor and for its amazing and odd stories.
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