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Ten Years

Simon Boswell + Chris Whitten – Zip

I think this might be the first time that we’ve featured video game soundtrack on the blog. That’s pretty fitting for this particular track as well because it represents the first time a video game producer employed a filmscore composer to create the soundtrack for a game.

The game was called Burn:Cycle and the composer they employed was Simon Boswell (famous for scoring other movies like Phenomena, Shallow Grave and A Midsummer Nights Dream). In the game, you played a computer hacker and small-time data thief called “Sol Cutter” who steals a piece of software at the beginning of the game which accidentally implants the Burn Cycle virus into his head. You then have a two hour realtime deadline to find the cure before Cutter’s brain deteriorates completely. With a premise like that, it was surprising to find out that the game is over 20 years old. And back in 1994 when it came out, the soundtrack concept was also pretty revolutionary for video games.

Simon Boswell teamed up with percussionist Chris Whitten to create “Zip.” It’s filled with 90s era vibes; super hard synth, acid melodies and a driving kick drum. You’re going to find it hard not to bang your head to this one.

Simon Boswell & Chris Whitten – Zip