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No Man's Sky
Music for an Infinite Universe
Video Game Soundtrack


Composer: 65daysofstatic
Label: Laced Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 05 August 2016

65daysofstatic release their electronic score for the video game No Man's Sky, through Laced Records. The release coincides with the publishing of the highly-anticipated science fiction exploration game. The game's procedurally generated universe is unlike anything yet seen in the gaming world, and 65daysofstatic’s sonic assault is equally ambitious. The release itself comprises 10 tracks of original music, plus a second collection of 6 soundscapes and sound design, exclusive to Laced Records in an all-encompassing journey of almost two hours...

The soundtrack for No Man's Sky is pretty much a thing of beauty. And if you're not normally a fan of electronic scores you'll probably still find actually much of merit here, as the music may just suck you in.

65daysofstatic have worked for two years on the project, and the resulting tracks easily show where that time went. Take 'Escape Velocity', for example. There's electronic chaos, white noise, disorienting music, but also a memorable and haunting theme.

The album contains 16 tracks (1 hr, 50 min, 49 sec) of futuristic electronic music. This isn't your typical atmospheric electro score. There's a tonne of beautiful themes nestled in the soundtrack's running time and each time you listen to it you'll find something else to love.

The score is split into two parts. The first 10 tracks (47 min, 41 sec) represents the game's main music. The remaining 6 tracks (1 hr, 03 min, 08 sec) are ambient soundscapes, but are no less interesting.

Fans of the game will lap this up, but anyone with an interest in electronic music will also find much to love here.


Darren Rea

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