Creaks: The first game I bought for its music
Recently, I was looking for some new hybrid / crossover music, and someone recommended me to check out Hidden Orchestra. Listening to their album, “Creaks” was an instant love. As I learned later, it’s the music of a game. I’m not a gamer, but once seeing that it’s on sale on Humble Bundle I bought it immediately.
You can listen to the whole album here:
You can also find it on Bandcamp.
So, what is hybrid or crossover music? A real musician would probably have two distinct definitions with lots of fine details. To me, both mean combining classical and modern styles and instruments in a song. This can easily lead to disaster, but when done right, that’s my favorite style of music. There are some fantastic bands and composers here in Hungary who work in this genre, like After Crying, Fugato, Hidden Kingdom, or Julius Dobos (strictly in alphabetical order, as all of them are good).
I was curious to find more hybrid / crossover music, so I asked around. From the handful of suggestions, Hidden Orchestra was to the closest to what I was looking for. Luckily, much of their music is available on TIDAL, so I could listen to them in CD quality. And while I liked most of their albums, “Creaks” became my absolute favorite.
“Creaks” is now installed on my machine. I must admit, I did not play much with it. The music and graphics are beautiful, however I’m not a gamer. The only other game I bought recently is Civilization, as I played that a lot during my university years, so I bought it mostly out of nostalgia :-)
As a music fanatic, I find it fascinating that the music I love to listen to is also available as the soundtrack of a game. Previously, I had similar experiences with films. I watched many movies because I listened to their soundtrack first, and I became curious. But that’s another story, and I already wrote a blog about that almost two years ago: Watching movies belonging to soundtracks.
Finally a question and request to you:
- Did you ever buy a game because of its music?
- If you know any good hybrid / crossover music, let me know!
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