The music of No Man’s Sky is just as crucial to the game as the procedurally-generated planets themselves, so it makes me very happy to learn that British band 65daysofstatic are releasing the official soundtrack a week before the game, to get you well and truly in the mood.
Titled No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe, the album will launch June 17, 2016 – with the game following from June 21 in North America, June 22 in Europe and June 24 in the UK, for both PC and PS4.
Being involved with No Man’s Sky is as unlikely as it is exciting. Two years of our lives have disappeared into a black hole and we’ve been spat out into another dimension. The project has pushed us to explore new processes and techniques, to rethink our relationship with our own music and to essentially soundtrack every narrative thread of a ‘choose your own adventure’ novel that exists only in our minds. We’re really proud of the results, and can’t wait to release the album and play it live.
The band and the game have been intertwined ever since the first reveal of No Man’s Sky back in 2013, when developer Hello Games chose 65daysofstatic track Debutant to accompany the demo. Since then, the band has spent months composing original music to accompany the game – and you’d better believe the soundtrack is just as ambitious as the procedurally-generated game.
First off, the soundtrack is in two parts. The first is 10 tracks of original music – pretty straightforward. The second is a collection of six soundscapes and sound design, promising an “all-encompassing journey of almost two hours”.
It’s this music, along with a whole lot of loops, sound textures and extra melodic bits, that is currently being fed into No Man’s Sky, creating a sort of self-generating soundtrack.
Hello Games and 65daysofstatic are working together to avoid the “granular, soft-focus ambience often found in procedurally generated games”, instead creating something that can travel between both the “intense, visceral, aural squall of galactic survival” and the minimal, barren spacescapes that separates them.
The soundtrack is described as an “experimental and overwhelming sonic experience” – expect some atmospheric soundscapes combined with a tune you’ll be able to hum.
If you’re familiar with the work of 65daysofstatic, this soundtrack news is doubly exciting. While work on the game will continue right up until No Man’s Sky is released, the band is getting itchy feet once again. After spending nearly two years working on the project, they’re now looking forward to getting back out on the road, bringing some infinite space to the live arena.
No Man’s Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe will be released in a number of formats. You can buy it online through most major digital retailers (for either purchase or streaming) – or, if you’d prefer something more physical, how about a deluxe double CD? A 10-track double vinyl release (with a digital download of all 16 tracks)? Maybe the deluxe vinyl collector’s edition spanning 4 LPs? The choice is yours.
You can pre-order the soundtrack in your preferred format right now via Laced Records, while the game is available through all the usual places.