The Musical Inspirations of Bound (PlayStation 4)

Bound is an emotional PlayStation 4 game that is driven by a powerful soundtrack from Oleg Heinali Shpudeiko, a composer who ventured into video games for the first time with Bound. The music utilizes a mixture of piano, organ and electronics fused together in a unique melodic vision. Here are a few of his wide-ranging inspirations and thoughts:
  1. Mike Morasky - Portal 2 Soundtrack: Songs to Test By
    "Simply one of the best contemporary game soundtracks I've heard. Very mature, perfectly integrated, with a healthy dose of self-irony and heartfelt at the same time." - Heinali
  2. Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - Summvs
    "I love Sakamoto's work. This release reminds me his popular/melodic and niche/experimental sides. I experiment a lot in my solo works and projects, and sometimes, it gets really difficult to reconcile this experimentation with my more conventional music. When I feel like I'm torn, I try to listen to Sakamoto (and Morricone) who succeeded in developing both sides. They're known and loved in mass culture and avant-garde circles." -Heinali
  3. Trent Reznor - Quake I
    "It probably all began for me with this soundtrack. I was a Nine Inch Nails fan back in my teens and a gaming maniac so Quake was a perfect combo. The way the music works within the game is astonishing to me to this day. The music feels like it's generated by Quake's world and is inseparable from the game's sound design. It sounds like the music is leaking from the game's geometry and textures. I absolutely love the raw quality/authenticity of it." -Heinali
  4. Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
    "One of best Zimmer's works, in my opinion. It's interesting that Christopher Nolan initially didn't tell Hans Zimmer that he was making a sci-fi movie. He told him it's a drama about father and son. If I'm not mistaken, that's why the main theme sounds so tender and chamber-like in scale, which counterpoints so wonderfully with the monumentality of the movie's visuals." -Heinali
  5. Vangelis – Blade Runner
    "I don't think any comments are needed here. It's a classic. If you still haven't seen/heard it, you should do it right now." -Heinali
  6. You can listen and purchase/stream the Bound soundtrack now at the following links: iTunes: http://bit.ly/BoundOSTiTunes, Spotify: http://bit.ly/BoundOSTSpotify, Google Play: http://bit.ly/BoundOSTGoogle AND try out Bound (and its free PSVR update) on the PlayStation 4 at http://play.st/Bound.