SPATE (Original Game Soundtrack)

by Mike Raznick

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Aubrey Hodges
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Aubrey Hodges A brilliant composer. This work hits on many of the types of emotion that I try to capture in my own compositions and he does a very good job at it too. Please support this artist! Favorite track: Skybridge.
Jacob Grimm
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Jacob Grimm Martin Tillman's rich and vibrant cello work can be heard prominently throughout many of the tracks. This sets the stage for the remaining string ensemble to capture the perfect mix of menace and melancholy. Favorite track: A Dedication to Rain.
Reuben Horst
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Reuben Horst Mike Raznick's incredible atmospheric score to Spate is a masterpiece. It's a huge part of what makes the game as great as it is. It's such an integral part of that world, and it's simply fantastic. The fact that so few people have purchased this soundtrack is not only ridiculous, but it's criminal. Favorite track: A Choice.
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About the score:

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 March 27, 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.



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