Command & Conquer Soundtrack, Frank Klepacki, 1995
Works like the Command & Conquer soundtrack serve as a reminder of times when developers were happy to take risks with their mainstream titles. According to composer Frank Klepacki, the musical references for his soon-to-become classic score included Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd and Nine Inch Nails. In the end, Klepacki created a kaleidoscopic work, a truly original mix of genres that would come to define the Command & Conquer franchise for millions of gamers. Hard rock, house, hip hop, funk, jazz, psychedelica and industrial rhythms all come together to communicate the game’s militaristic character in unique ways previously unexplored by game music. The musical terrain that Command & Conquer traverses is astounding, and never does it feel like Klepacki is simply copying & pasting from his many inspirations: his synth melodies, oscillating between haunting, oppressive and coldly elegant, are a reminder of his work on earlier Westwood RTS games. Less aggressive than later C&C scores, this album remains a landmark release.
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