Adam Fligsten is a composer based in Los Angeles, California and he creates music for film, television, games and commercial work. He recently released We Will Open the Distant Worlds.
He mentions “This is the soundtrack for a video game set in the ’80s on a Soviet spacecraft” and he used vintage synths to create them. I feel like it’s important to mention the culture phenomenon Stranger Things. If you are of the many people who got hooked on that show and the soundtrack you will surely appreciate We Will Open the Distant Worlds. The tones, textures and sounds all seem to come from '80s synths like the famous Yamaha DX7 synthesizer and Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer.
There is a nostalgia factor depending on how old you are which again relates to Stranger Things. Personally, I was a kid in the ’80s and although a little foggy I certainly remember these types of sounds coming into my conscious mind.
There are a whopping twenty-four tracks and for the most part it feels like different scenes in a movie. That being said there are some songs with vocals such as “So Far Away.” The soundscapes range from awe inspiring to ominous, to fun and more. Suffice it to say there are a lot of different moods
Take for instance “Ice From Mars” which sounds a lot like the title. It’s visual and you can practically feel the cold on your feet. “Memoriae Laika” feels haunting and ominous in comparison as if you are walking through a graveyard full of ghouls and ghosts.
“Of Binary Attack” creates tension as if troops are getting ready for battle. You can probably guess what you might feel after hearing the title “Feeling of Celestial Anxiety.”
It makes perfect sense Fligsten is working in film and video games. I would have been able to figure that out without reading it. That being said I sometimes prefer to just listen to music rather than watch the video. There is something to say for where your own imagination can take you when listening to music. I suggest exploring that terrain with these songs.
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