With just a week left until the release of Grasshopper Manufacture/Digital Reality's gorgeous schmup Sine Mora on the Xbox Live Arcade on March 21st, I can barely wait, and now I have an even bigger reason to be excited about the game. It was announced early on that composer Akira Yamaoka would be providing the soundtrack, and from what we've heard in trailers thus far, it's unlike anything he's written before.
I wanted to start with a quick suggestion for how to experience this feature. We have minute-long music clips from the first three stages in the game along with screenshots and Yamaoka's commentary. I'd recommend clicking on the music sample for each stage while looking at the screenshots and reading Yamaoka's commentary for the best effect.
Stage 0 / Prologue
Akira Yamaoka: This game is unique as its world was constructed by the best visual creators with beautiful graphics into a side scrolling action game, a genre that everyone is familiar with.
Yamaoka: I felt obligated to come up with sounds that would match this well-created world. I had to create something that would be worthy for this game as well as sound that could actually enhance the game when matched with the visuals.
Yamaoka: I remembered about songs from the 70s, a style that is somehow a bit nostalgic. I also wanted to use an electric sound. As you can see in the image, the stage is rather near-futuristic but it gives out a bit of nostalgia and a classic feeling as well.
Stage 1 / Moneta Point
Yamaoka: I wanted the players to feel a classic electric sound that matches the feelings you can get from the entire game. Particularly, the enemy plane you see in this stage look so unbeatable and it gives a sense of the large scale of the battle.
Yamaoka: The game also offers sensitive aspect as well as the fierce battle with concentrated gun fires. The existence of two extremities of gameplay and the world is one of the unique aspects of this game.
Yamaoka: You can see these unique futuristic lasers in this stage as well. The digital visuals mixed with the classic background interested me as I created the sound. This is why I used electric as my motif.
Yamaoka: Also, you also have scenes with nature such as this. Even so, I still used 70s electric sounds to depict this game. Personally, the natural world and the near future world were a source of creative inspiration for me.
Yamaoka: I still remember my excitement in seeing this scene for the first time. Whether this is based on an octopus or an alien, this is a very memorable character. I still remember that I started to work on this scene first.
Stage 2 / Bokumono
Yamaoka: The electric sound that I wanted to create is classic 70s style. As you can imagine from this visual, it’s kind of like a light watercolor painting type of sound.
Yamaoka: 70s sounds work really well, especially in this type of underwater stage.
Yamaoka: Blue and red are used often in this game. The beams shot from this enemy are also in these colors. I made the 70s electro sound to resemble this shade of colors.