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. The story encompasses a steampunk journey where our protagonist, Detective Bluth, attempts to investigate the mysterious disappearances that have occurred on an island offshore. I became involved with this project during a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for development and was hired with it's eventual success.
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 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.
Very early on in the scoring process, the idea to feature a string quartet was discussed and seemed an appropriate direction that would communicate an emotionally charged, yet somber and damp mood. This became the centerpiece for the score. Track 13, entitled "A Choice" was the first track written for the game and was recorded by an A-list string quintet. The other piece performed by this group is track 07, entitled "A Dedication to Rain".
Around this time, I had the opportunity to meet and work with renowned cellist, Martin Tillman (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel, Transformers). He was excited to collaborate with me on the score and created many of the wonderfully haunting textures and performances that are woven throughout the soundtrack. I believe Martin's performances set the bar for the incredibly top notch contributions from all of the musicians featured on this recording.
released 27 March 2014
Music by Mike Raznick
Martin Tillman, cello
Lisa Liu, violin, viola
Holly Sedillos, vocals
Charlie Adelphia, oboe
Joshua Davis, bassoon
Orchestra performed by Budapest Scoring
Orchestra Contractor: Balint Sapzon
Orchestrations: Dallas Aimer, David Labovitch, Mike Raznick
String Quintets conducted by David Labovitch
Programming and electronics by Mike Raznick
Mixing Engineer: Adam Michalak
Mastering Engineer: John Rodd
Assistant to Composer: David Labovitch
Special Thanks: Eric Provan, Penka Kouneva, Austin Wintory, Tommy Tallarico, Amy Lerner-Hill, Russ Howard III, David Labovitch, my amazingly beautiful and supportive family, Kim, Ruby, Kaila, and Miles, mom, dad and Dan.