Welcome to the Trism 2 soundtrack!
01 The World of Trism
04 An Amber Glow
05 Heads Held High
07 Fight For Your Life
13 Infinism (Trism 1 Remix)
14 Silver Light (Whale's Voyage Remix)
19 The Approach
20 The Final Fight
21 Setting Sun
*Coming soon to stream on Spotify and to purchase on other services!*
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Finally I am releasing the music I created for the game Trism 2. It has taken me far too long to remaster, but here we are.
I wrote this music over the course of 3 years, between 2013 and 2016 in collaboration with the game's creator and director, Steve Demeter. It was a project of passion from both parties; Steve worked tirelessly on the game for many years, collaborating daily with his team of artists, coders, musicians. And as for myself, this was my first big professional project and I *had* to prove myself.
The 21 tracks in this soundtrack are actually 21 of 59 tracks that I fully composed over the three years. We were far too ambitious with the soundtrack, but that's what made it such an exciting thing to work on. I tried to put my everything into every track, and exhausted myself with it to be honest.
Each track went through a lengthy process of feedback and drafting. Some of the tracks you're hearing have had about 20 iterations! But we wanted to get the soundtrack right. Steve and I grew up with video game music (he dates a little further back than I ;) ) and so we really did combine our love for vgm here. I couldn't be happier with the outcome of the compositions, and I see it as some of my best work for the time. The mixing/mastering not so much, but this isn't the time for self-critique. I have to remember that I created these years ago, and I've developed a lot musically since then.
Talking of developing as a musician, this project really taught me a lot about composition. I learned to write music faster, to strict briefs, to make last-minute changes, both small and drastically big. It taught my how to organise my project files (well, I learned this after the project - my Trism 2 folder structure is a MESS, GOD), and how to supply work to a client in professional way. It taught me to became unattached to musical sections if it were neccessary they be cut (a difficult one indeed..). It taught me how to control my music; I was often told to stop layering so many sounds haha. This resulted in developing a skill in writing ambient music (see Glimmering). I wouldn't be the musician I am now if it weren't for this 3-year labour of love.
Most of the tracks had their purposes shuffled around during development and after my involvement, and so their titles may not reflect what actually happens in game alongside the music, but I have a sentimental attachment to the themes I originally wrote these tracks for, hence the possibly unrelated track names. I have also ordered these tracks in a way that doesn't correlate to the game's events, but rather as a music album. I have spent the last 3-4 days deciding on an order for these tracks; I want the album to be an experience (pretentious, I know).
'Initiation' is an arrangement of an old demoscene track that I can't find any information about other than it was written by a "Wayne Kerr" of "Reality", and is originally titled emag005. 'Silver Light' is an arrangement of a tune called Silvia's Theme from the game Whale's Voyage. 'Infinism' is a remix of my own work that I created for the first Trism soundtrack (which I wrote retroactively during the Trism 2 soundtrack writing). Check it out, it's on my channel!
I'd like to write more about the process of writing this soundtrack, but I'll leave that for a blog post. For now, hope you enjoy this score! It will be on sale soon for those who would like to purchase it in higher quality, or who would just like to support my work. Many thanks to anyone who does, or even just listens to it here. All listeners are hugely appreciated.