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Sunday, June 14, 2015

OLIVIER DERIVIÉRE / Remember Me (Original Soundtrack) [2013]

Capcom's 2013 sci-fi-action game Remember Me suffers from a really great concept with a less-than-stellar execution but composer Olivier Derivière graces it with one of the best scores of the year.
It's a tale about a memory hunter who's ironically had all her memories wiped clean and Derivière paints the perfect sound for such a concept.  The main theme makes use of the London Philharmonia Orchestra with it's brass bombast and urgent string ostinatos that immediately reminded me of Don Davis' ominous main theme for The Matrix.  Here's where things get interesting: the orchestra was then digitally manipulated with an assault of glitches & skips that shouldn't work but with some time and care it's simply amazing.  The first few listens will cause the brain to hurt but once you get used to it, it feels nothing short of organic.  It's a seamless blend of old school orchestral work and digital synthesized scoring that many well-established composers don't have an easy time perfecting.

5 beautiful glitches out of 5

Songs of Note: Nilin The Memory HunterRise To The Light