Out There Omega Edition Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the video game score Out There Omega Edition by Siddhartha Barnhoorn.
At a glance:
53 minutes of score
Geek Score: 86
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 16.1
Album Excellence: 30%
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Out There is an Android and IOS game developed by Mi-Clos Studio and was released on February 27, 2014. Out There: Omega Edition is a much improved version and it’s being released on a number of new platforms like OSX, Windows and Linux and is currently in beta and you can get it through Steam now. It is a space exploration game with rogue-like mechanics. It has resource management and game book mechanics. You are an astronaut awaking from cryonic sleep and you are not in the solar system anymore. You are in an unknown part of the galaxy. You have a mission to explore and to survive the harsh realities of space. The score is composed by Siddhartha Barnhoorn. The original Out There soundtrack released last year only had 5 tracks so this is a vastly expanded score spanning 23 tracks and 53 minutes.
This is a very dreamy soundtrack and as soon as I were aware of its existence I had to grab it. It opens with ‘Journey Begins’ which is quite a fast-paced but relaxing space-y opening with Vangelis like synths and a nice relaxing synth rhythm. ‘The Story Unfolds’ is even more dreamy and it’s slower, really taking into account the vastness and coldness of space. At the same time there is exploration and discovery here, the music feels filled with awe and wonder. ‘Out There I’ brings some warmth with warmer darker synths and sounds. ‘Blue Giant I’ has a colder sound, but the synths are awesome. There’s a retro feel to it. ‘Blue Giant II’ is a bit darker, but the lovely ethereal synth is still present. For the first time, I feel as there is a motif here. It’s mostly been ambient textural scoring so far, but this had something more. ‘Enemies’ goes into a darker place with menacing brass synths. I love how the score sounds. This is exactly the kind of score I would love to play a game to. It’s not too intrusive, but it’s there. If I want a moment to relax in the game I can just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere which the music is a huge part of.
‘Supernova’ is very exciting. There’s a lovely subtle motif and a great flanging rhythm, a bit like classic Vangelis. The garden planet cues brings forth a voice by Lara Ausensi. ‘Garden Planet I’ is a bitt eerie. The voice is ghostly and makes me a bit uncomfortable. Is garden planet a scary place? At 1:10 the music goes a bit epic and this part is wonderful, and the voice doesn’t scare me anymore. ‘Garden Planet II’ is a more lyrical uptempo cue and the voice doesn’t add too much to the already lovely atmosphere. ‘Garden Planet III’ is all about the dreamy atmosphere. The voice is almost melted into the music itself, just hovering over the synths, barely. Quite interesting. ‘Red Dwarf I’ is back to atmospherics, but more uptempo and slightly lyrical. It has a lovely motif to go along with the fast-paced synth music. ‘Red Dwarf II’ keeps the tempo high and adds a swirling synth motif. ‘Red Giant’ sounds like it could eat you up. It has a dark growling synth inserted into the atmospherics. More growling in ‘Neutron Star’ which is one of the few cues to use percussion in such a way that it’s very noticeable. ‘Out There II’ like ‘Out There I’ use a bit of woodwind and I think they’re the only cues so far to do that. I love the length of ‘Out There II’. It allows the dreamy music to really just go on and just evolve into this wonderful cue that I could just listen to again and again without too many interruptions.
I’ve been talking about how dreamy this score is and that’s certainly true, but ‘Yellow Dwarf I’ is certainly candidate for the most dreamy cue on the score. ‘Yellow Dwarf III’ adds some lovely synths, almost like baby whale sounds in there. Love it! It ends with ‘Final Chapter’, a dreamy, but not so remarkable cue.
Out There Omega Edition is for the explorers in us, the dreamers among us. It is what you would expect from a game like this, a dreamy and atmospheric journey into outer space and Barnhoorn has delivered exactly what the game needs and given me exactly the sort of score I enjoy. This has been a wonderful and relaxing 53 minutes and I’d like to visit “Out There” again very soon.
1. Journey Begins
3. Out There I
5. Blue Giant II
18. Out There II
19. Yellow Dwarf I
21. Yellow Dwarf III