With the soundtrack to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture coming to vinyl, the Chinese Room interviewed their celebrated composer, Jessica Curry, for her thoughts on its upcoming release and the multitude of positive reactions to the game’s score:
How does it feel having your music from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture come to vinyl at the end of this month?
I’ve never had any of my music on vinyl before and it’s so unbelievably exciting – I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product. So many people have asked about the Rapture soundtrack coming to vinyl and it’s just brilliant to be able to tell them that it’s happening, and in time for Christmas too (hint).
Since releasing the game and the CD, how has the response been from the community? Any stories to tell?
The response has been absolutely overwhelming- I had simply no idea that so many people would get in touch with me; they’ve written such beautiful and lyrical emails about their responses to the music. This morning I woke up to a tweet that said “Rapture is easily one of the most beautiful things I’ve heard in 15 years of soundtrack-hunting. Aesthetically perfect.” It doesn’t get much better than that.
How does having your music released on CD, vinyl and played on radio, impact the way games are seen to an unfamiliar audience?
Having Rapture played extensively on Classic FM and on Radio 3 has definitely widened the audience and I love that. The music has defied expectations of what a game soundtrack is and should be and that was a deliberate choice on my part. Music is for everyone and I hope that Rapture has proved that games are widening their audience too.
During the development of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, do you have a favourite moment to share?
I remember one magical day where James our FX Artist had put something new together and we were all gathered round his computer. It was a pivotal scene in the game, on Frank’s hill, and it was one of the first times that the work in progress music and Adam’s audio had been integrated into the game. We all watched and listened and we were just completely still. The emotional power and punch of the scene hit us each and every one of us in that room and I think that was the moment when we knew the game was going to be something incredibly special.
And finally… Any hints or hidden messages in the music that the audience might have missed?
Each of the 6 main characters in the game has their own song and the lyrics are the story of their lives and experiences. Lots of people have written to us asking whom you play as in the game. If you listen to the end credit music then you will understand who you are. I’ve been surprised that more people haven’t made the link!
Listen to the soundtrack today through digital download from Amazon, iTunes, or through the official soundtrack app available in the PS Store. The limited edition vinyl is also still available for pre-order here.