It’s been a hectic week for those who enjoy listening to their favorite video game soundtracks on vinyl. A few days ago, it was announced that the soundtrack to Undertale, the darling of the indie RPG scene, would be getting a release on vinyl in the form of a double LP collection. And not long before that, UK-based indie record label Data Discs announced their partnership with Sega to release the soundtracks for both Golden Axe I and II on a single record. Now, earlier today, iam8bit revealed that they’ll be teaming up with Activision to release the soundtrack for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on vinyl.
However, unlike most soundtrack releases, iam8bit is handling things a little bit differently this time around. Rather than attempting to fit the game’s entire soundtrack into one package, the music will instead be split up across two separate releases. The first bundle (a double LP picture disc release), will include the music for the game’s campaign, with an emphasis on the burden of war and feeling of isolation that is often associated with space, as explained by composer Sarah Schachner:
Instead of concentrating on the epic vastness of space, the music aims to capture the loneliness felt in space and the burdens of war. The score is equal parts electronic and orchestral. It combines cold and aggressive analog synths with small, intimate string sections and a gnarly low brass ensemble. A lot of the percussion is from metallic found objects. It’s not a traditional score by any means. We wanted to do something different than the typical epic orchestral action sound.
The second release will focus on the soundtrack from the game’s ‘Zombies in Spaceland‘, which features an 80s inspired pop aesthetic set against the backdrop of a theme park set in space. This soundtrack features 10 songs from Zombies in Spaceland, with genres ranging from metal and funk to hip-hop and pop rock. A full track listing can be found here.