Note: iOS 9 + Facebook users w/ trouble scrolling: #super sorry# we hope to fix it asap. In the meantime Chrome Mobile is a reach around
hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Sine Mora

Exclusive: Akira Yamaoka's Sine Mora soundtrack preview

4:00 PM on 03.14.2012 // Jayson Napolitano

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.

We've been able to steal some of Yamaoka's time to have him provide us with several clips of music from his funky 1970s-inspired electronic soundtrack, all of which are exclusive to Destructoid. In addition to the music samples, Yamaoka has also provided us with some of the early screenshots he was given for each stage represented by the samples in order to explain his inspiration for the unique sounds he's created.

Hit the jump to experience the sound of Sine Mora with composer Akira Yamaoka.

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.

In addition to music clips for the first three stages, we also have a sample from the sixth stage of the game, Tira. Feel free to enjoy that one outside of Yamaoka's commentary as it's one of my favorite things I've heard from the game so far.

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.

Photo Gallery: (11 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Jayson Napolitano, Music Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure jayson_n Tips
Jayson Napolitano was Destructoid's Music Editor, specializing in coverage of game music, chiptunes, and more. He now owns and operates , a game audio PR and record label company, continuing to s... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

destructoid's previous coverage:
Sine Mora

  Oct 29

Sine Mora available for free on Vita today via PS Plus

Grasshopper Manufacture shmup joins Instant Game Collection

  Jul 15

Shoot-'em-up Sine Mora out now on iPhone and iPad

Headed to Android devices later this month

  Nov 09

Worth-playing shmup Sine Mora out now on Steam

Time travel, genocide, and anthropomorphism

  Nov 01

Kalypso to bring Sine Mora to PC in glorious 1080p

Coming to Steam and other digital portals

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!

Half - Life 3 FINALLY 100% confirmed...maybe.

Surprisingly... I'm *really* enjoying Fallout 4!!

Where the Hell is Breath of Fire?

Comments of the Week - バーガーベスト, ですよね?

My Month in Games - November 2015

Cblogs of 11/28/15 - Lonely Thanksgiving, Gatchaman Crowds, and more

Recap: Metal Gear Solid 1

Thankful it's Over: Bioshock Infinite

Is Toei using Kamen Rider Ghost to address suicide in Japan?

Let's talk about Xenoblade Chronicles

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Parismio avatarParismio
Whelp since i got my ass kicked at snowboarding ive been issued a muscle relaxer today and slept the entire day. Time went by so fast. Is- is this what the phantom cigar is like?
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
What the hell is a Shantae?
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
Ok you Monday morning motherfuckers, 3 favourite fictional universes you'd like to exist in (The initial iteration of the universe had to be in videogame form) Go.
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Just ran into my first 'suicide mole rat' in Fallout 4. I'm beginning to think this may not be a 100% accurate, meticulously researched recreation of life after the apocalypse.
KnickKnackMyWack avatarKnickKnackMyWack
Well I just played Undertale. It's a really unique game, but the difficulty in the beginning is a tad intense. Got clobbered once they started throwing three monsters at me at a time and lost a lot of progress... where's Toriel when I need her?
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
What should I do guys?
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
[img][/img] The Freedom Planet Indie Box, for those that were interested. And it looks like a "wild cat" is there too!
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
Just 1200 words left to go on my essays. Do I deserve a day off to play Just Cause 3 once I'm done? Yes.
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Elite: Dangerous has some glaring issues, and can occasionally feel kinda bare bones, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of my favorite games in recent memory. Ships are fun to fly, trading is rewarding, and the sound design is absolutely brilliant.
Archelon avatarArchelon
Well, Destructoid. I did it. I jumped ahead.
Atleastimhousebroken avatarAtleastimhousebroken
Flawed but fun favorite game sorter. Post top 30 in the comments. [url][\url]
KingSigy avatarKingSigy
I am tired of random players. I need to enlist some help with Triforce Heroes challenges. Would anyone like to pair up with me?
El Dango avatarEl Dango
[img][/img] fun...
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Last night I had to clean projectile liqiud dogshit off of the sides of my puppies kennel. Pity me. Read my blog.
techsupport avatartechsupport
Taking a break from Fallout 4 to try out Twitch Creative. Catch me painting Chun-Li while listening to an eclectic mix of Alex G, DJ Shadow, and Modest Mouse. [img][/img]
Solar Pony Django avatarSolar Pony Django
So far from first impressions of my Freedom Planet indie box its 100% more worth it than lootcrate. Whereas lootcrate you get a bunch of stuff you may or may not like, indie box gives you indie games, and stuff related to that game, such as the soundtrack
maycausecancer avatarmaycausecancer
When one game is rated 7.4 and another 7.6, Are you telling me one game is 0.2 worse than the other. WHAT!?!
KingSigy avatarKingSigy
I think Microsoft takes the cake for worst console updates. The XBone UI is worse and the fucking controller had an update. What the hell has gaming become?
Dr Mel avatarDr Mel
Well, that's a wrap for the Bloodborne DLC. I liked it. More thoughts and maybe spoilers in the comment section.
Confuseddalek avatarConfuseddalek
a rainy afternoon, and too sleepy for games. Time to go to the animal shelter and try not to fall asleep, surrounded by kittens.
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -