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2010 release containing the soundtrack to the popular video game Dark Void.
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The musical soundscape of "Dark Void" is broody and evocative, filled with rushing strings, pounding percussion, aggressive bass solos and a hauntingly but beautifully utilized Ondes Martenot (for those unfamiliar with the instrument, think "Dana's Theme" from Elmer Bernstein's "Ghostbusters" score). There's quite literally a little bit of everything here. It's got to feature the most eclectic mix of instruments I've ever heard in a video game score.
Speaking of instruments, it's nice to see a video game score that features almost entirely live elements. There's very little in the way of sampling here -- if any at all -- and the production values shine through beautifully. By my third or fourth hour into the game, I found myself thinking that the score must have been a pretty high priority in the budget department. That's not to say the game isn't good, but everything else simply pales in comparison to the music. I have a tendency to replay certain areas with the sound effects and dialog switched off just so I can hear the score.
As far as the album is concerned, there's no shortage of music here. At a whopping 79 minutes and 30 seconds, there's no room left to cram anything else on the disc. And best of all, nothing feels recycled or like useless padding.Read more ›
The score itself is incredibly thematically based. If there was ever a perfect example of theme and variation this would be it. McCreary sets up with the timeless sounding romanticized theme right off the bat. Another big surprise is that we have a full on sweeping orchestral score. Leave your synths at home boys and girls. McCreary successfully sets up an identity for the score even though he used a full orchestra. His wonderful percussion gives the score substance, and his use of ethnic instruments and arrangements give it character. He uses an electric violin to give it a bit of a vintage video game feel.
The music here is truly unique in that it doesn't follow traditional gaming standards. Usually what we get from video game scores is "background" music. However here McCreary has given us a grand and lush musical story complete with changing arcs and swelling emotions. The very last track is a complete homage to Mega Man II, which Bear states in the liner notes was one of his first musical influences growing up. So, I thought that was fun of him to include.
If you love the action cues from BSG with the thundering bass from the T drums, you'll love this score. Action, adventure, and big sound galore (and a fun little 8-bit version of the score at the end - Bear McCreary's "signature").
I highly recommend this score and also the SOCOM 4 soundtrack if you can find it!
Using various ethnic instruments such as the Chinese erhu, tribal percussion and South American Woodwinds, McCreary doesn't just create a video game score, but a score that can stand alone without playing through the game. With the third track, Village Attack, you can imagine an intense battle between the lead character and the alien menace. With The Prophesized One, you hear an ominous and very sinister cue that brings to mind disturbing images of evil creatures awaiting to bring an end to humanity. In Void Requiem, we have both a reprise of the main theme, but also a mixed look at the story; it's haunting and beautiful. Compelling and frightening. Every track of the Dark Void soundtrack all share a melody from Will's Theme, but they all create the story when in order. Of course Bear had to mold and shape the score to the story's direction, but even so, you can hear the progression of the battles, the emotional conflict between two lovers and the final sacrifice that will secure our race's existence among the stars, but at what cost?
Bear McCreary is a genius and a living legend among composers. He should have his name spoken along side John Williams, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, and Thomas Newman, and others I did not mention here. He is the master of the science fiction score, whether it be for video games or movies, or TV shows. The Dark Void soundtrack is a must-own for any listeners of instrumental/classical, and for those who appreciate a good movie/video game score. Emotional, epic and grand in every way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is definitely more Bear, If you enjoy Battlestar Galactica, this has a similar feel. Heavy on the drums and some of the more unique instruments he has used in the past.Published on March 21, 2014 by Eric J Lenhart
For a video game I've never heard of, this one was lushly and lyrically scored. A catchy main theme, a variety of interesting action cues, and some surprisingly emotional scoring... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by JB
It's Bear McCreary! Need I say more?! This guy has never made a bad soundtrack. Buy this soundtrack and you won't regret it.Published on July 16, 2013 by Kurt Maxwell
I don't know what it is, but anything that I've heard from Bear McCreary is just great! He has an interesting way of making music that's unique.Published on November 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This soundtrack is classic Bear McCreary. A hint of sci-fi, a dose of eclectic instrumentation, and a whole lot of adventure.Published on December 11, 2011 by Mattski