Vectros Soundtrack

Vectros Soundtrack. Front. Click to zoom.
Vectros Soundtrack
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Composed by Hisayoshi Ogura
Arranged by Kazuhiro Kobayashi / Shinji Hosoe / Takahiro Eguchi
Published by SuperSweep
Catalog number SRIN-1111
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 9 tracks
Release date February 26, 2013
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Overview

The Vectros Soundtrack is the full CD release of all the music featured on the iOS game, Vectros, composed by OguraHisayoshiOngaSeisakushow. Previously released as a digital mp3 featuring the music, the Supersweep release features better mastering as well as three bonus remixes by Supersweep members, Zunba Kobayashi, Takahiro Eguchi, and Shinji Hosoe. Is the CD release worth it if you already own the mp3 version of the soundtrack?

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The main soundtrack itself is quite short, featuring six themes, two of which are sound effect related. Both “Head arEa - back ground effects #1-” and “NoiZ-niUs - back ground effects #2-” are both very ominous in approach, although they aren’t nearly as effective as they are in-game, due to their nature. However, the actual musical content of the album is definitely something which to pay attention. The main theme, “SiLent ErRors -Theme-” is definitely one of Ogura’s best. It’s a fantastic mix of lo-fi sound and modern electronic beats full of vigor, robotic vocal samples, spacy harmonies, and while it isn’t the most melodic, those melodic sections really do manage to hook the listener in. “Go ahEad -Core-” also features a heavy focus on lo-fi sounds and modern electronic beats and gives off the impression of a tense battle. However, what I really enjoy most about this theme is the interplay between these intense sections and the beautifully ethereal bridges that help ease some of the tension. “SociAl ErRors -Van Allen Belt-” is an interesting theme as it is quite different from the rest of the game’s soundtrack. Rather than feature an intense electronic sound, it opts for a more ambient sound, reminiscent of G-Darius. It is futuristic, with hints of beauty, all while portraying a sinister, unnerving atmosphere. Lastly, “His-stoRy –ErRor-” reprises the main theme.

The remixes on the album tackle the three major themes of the soundtrack. “SiLent ErRors ZuN VeR miX,” arranged by Zunba Kobayashi, is definitely a departure for him. While I’m used to his softer, jazz arrangements, his approach of accentuating the lo-fi and industrial sound of the main theme is nothing short of brilliance. While the original is pounding and in-your-face, Kobayashi opts for a subtle approach, yet still retaining, the power of the original. For the majority of the arrangement, the electronic accompaniment is more subdued, the tempo slowed, and a higher emphasis on additional industrial effects is placed. This really helps to craft a spacy, futuristic sound that manages to showcase both sinister and peaceful soundscapes, all at once. Of course, there is a short section that features the main theme unadulterated.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Takahiro Eguchi’s “Go ahEad E-gUch mIx” amplifies the intensity of the original with a heavier beat and some playful manipulation of the main melody of the original. However, similar to the original, Eguchi keeps the calmer sections almost unchanged, while adding a little bridge that incorporates the melody without any beats. While it isn’t anything groundbreaking, it still manages to do justice to the original and would work well in its place, if need be. Lastly, Shinji Hosoe’s “SociAl ErRors MegA Mix” takes the ambient approach of the original and applies his sinister electronic twist. In many ways, the original atmosphere is retained, but in others, through the use of heavier industrial beats and spacey synthesizer tones, it does become a bit more sinister in nature. Fans of his work on Virtue’s Last Reward would definitely enjoy his remix, as it is most similar to that style of music.

Summary

In the end, this short album is well worth the asking price. The original soundtrack content showcases Ogura’s ability to craft interesting combinations of sounds as well as give a nice throwback to his Taito days. In addition, the remixes all complement the source material adding a new take on the material without totally deviating from the atmosphere of the original. If you haven’t already picked up the digital version of the soundtrack, sans the remixes, you may not need to purchase this album; however, due to its low asking price, if you are looking to hear the remixes, it might not be a bad idea to double dip. 



Album
8/10

Music in game
0/10

Game
0/10

Don Kotowski

Tracks 1-6 Composed by OGR
Track 7 Arranged by Zunba Kobayashi
Track 8 Arranged by Takahiro Eguchi
Track 9 Arranged by Shinji Hosoe

Tracks 1-6 Original Version
Tracks 7-9 Arrangement Version

Album was composed by Hisayoshi Ogura and was released on February 26, 2013. Soundtrack consists of 9 tracks tracks with duration over . Album was released by SuperSweep.

CD 1

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Head arEa - back ground effects #1 -
2
SiLent ErRors - Theme -
3
Go ahEad - Core -
4
NoiZ-niUs - back ground effects #2 -
5
SociAl ErRors - Van Allen Belt -
6
His-stoRy - ErRor -
7
SiLent ErRors ZuN VeR miX
8
Go ahEad E-gUch mIx
9
SociAl ErRors MegA Mix
20.02.13
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