"Nier: Automata" Has The Best Soundtrack Of Any Game, Ever

"Nier: Automata" Has The Best Soundtrack Of Any Game, Ever

Seriously, buy the album.

I have a fairly recently acquired addiction. Over the course of the past two weeks I have found myself playing Square Enix’s “Nier: Automata” for the Playstation 4 at almost every chance I can get. After class? Homework done? No obligations to my friends? I’m likely to be in my room plugging more and more of my time into this fantastic damn game.

Among the surreal, often existential storytelling and breakneck combat something else has stood out to me and stuck with me even once I’ve switched my Playstation off. The music.

The original soundtrack for “Nier: Automata” is a glorious, mesmerizing epic of a score. And when I say epic, I mean it. The album, at forty-six songs, is three and a half hours long. That’s three and a half hours of gorgeous, tightly composed music. Only a few days after beginning “Nier: Automata” I went straight to iTunes and spent fifteen dollars to download this monster of an album. God, it was worth it.

I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for “Nier: Automata” before bed, walking around the city, and while working on homework assignments. It’s that good.

From the gentle twinkling of piano and textured acoustic guitars of “City Ruins (Rays of Light)” to the at times mournful, at times demented gothic carnival sounds of “Amusement Park” the soundtrack not only provides a perfect background music for each of the game’s locals, but stands on its own as a work of pure audio bliss.

There is such a lush variety of sounds to be heard on the album (the monk chanting of “Mourning” and the ethereal, almost mystical synthetics of “The Tower” come to mind), and yet it all feels like it is thematically tied together, contributing to a great, mutual atmosphere. Much of that shared atmosphere is thanks in part to the melancholic tone that is present throughout, but also to the recurring female singer whose fragile yet firm vocal delivery (if that makes any sense) weaves through the album like a master storyteller weaving together threads of originally disparate narrative arcs. Even when her voice gives way to others, such as the mesmerizing robotic vocals and children’s harmonies on “Pascal” the album retains its sense of originality and identity.

“Nier: Automata” is a game of quirks and emotions. It can often run the gamut from absolutely bizarre, embracing surrealistic absurdity to its fullest potential. It can also, however, be a game of great emotion. “Nier” explores themes of destruction and loss, humanity and mortality. It’s an existential experience that can make you smile or punch you in the proverbial gut. The soundtrack supports the game and its myriad themes and events beautifully.

I have fallen in love with many video game soundtracks over the years, particularly for games such as the “Halo” franchise and “Legend of Zelda” (“Zelda” being my closest second to “Nier”), but “Nier” has quickly risen to the top of my preferred video game soundtracks. With its ability to work both as a background and as a foreground listening experience I have found myself loving it more and more with every play.

(And as a side note I highly recommend that fans of “Ghost in the Shell” give songs like “Forest Kingdom” a listen)

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Could Neon Art, Work In Your Home?

Here are our top tips for making it work in your home: Neon Art

When it comes to interior design, the '50s and '60s are decades that are always in fashion. Bloggers, designers and Instagram fans are still packing their personal space with the modern-retro look that mixes flashes of fashion from a former era with modern pieces and looks. Not only is it a cost-effective way to rock your living room, but a fantastic opportunity to express your personal style.

The 1960s art movement incorporated industrial materials like neon lights and metallic and functionally designed furniture into its look. There’s no fussy detailing on the furniture and accessories are simple, but often brightly coloured or unusual in their design. These make for a great way to embrace minimalism, without having to give up on colour in your rooms.

It’s a Look Built Around Mix And Match

The brilliant thing for the professional, or amateur designer, is that mid-century-modern-inspired pieces are versatile. You can pepper them in without having to rethink the whole room. It's not a look that needs to be implemented wall to wall, floor to ceiling. It should be mix-and-matched.

An easy way to get the throwback look is a custom neon sign. Neon is flashy, trashy, and harks straight to the heyday of rock and roll. But it’s also a marker of modernity. Nostalgic and super modern, it isn't a new idea for interiors, but trends have moved away from neon words on walls to quirky, unusual neon shapes and objects on walls and on flat surfaces. 

a Custom-Made Neon Sign Can Add a Sense Of Forever Style

The great thing about using neon as a medium is exactly the reason it was created: it’s easy, flexible and with some personalisation can be whatever you want it to be! Choose from unusual outlines like fruit for the kitchen, Banksy-style outlines for the living room or a romantic phrase, whispered in neon, for the bedroom walls.

So, what does modern retro look like? The same considerations apply now as for home designers in the 1960s. That’s bold and vivacious colours, patterns and prints, geometric shapes, and textures with simple lines and statement pieces.

How To Get The Modern-Retro Look

Here are our top tips for making it work in your home: 

Furniture: Choose items that are simple, informal, functional and fuss-free – look for elegant and smartly designed pieces that echo across the decades.

Bold geometric shapes: You can use these in either wallpaper, tablecloths, curtains or art pieces on the walls. Consider clever but unfussy use of lines and the greens, reds and blues of the decade.

Retro patterns and prints: Patterns that we all recognise include paisley and florals in reds, browns and yellows. Echo this rounded, vibrant look in your homewards, accessories and details.

Break out the pop art: Artwork from the era is easy to find. Consider a framed piece from one of the pop-art masters like Warhol or Lichtenstein, or a piece of neon in an unexpected shape and colour to really light up a room.

Add touches of metallic: Complete the modern look with up-to-date materials like brass or copper for your lamps, light shades or other functional décor items.

Choose your furniture wisely: The look is minimalist but colourful, so keep your furniture items to a minimum but choose them well. If you want to get this right, it’s better to have one piece that really creates conversation than several that almost get it right. Feel free to mix and match between old and new – it’s almost compulsory!

Happy home making!


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Fiction On Odyssey: The Language of Happiness

A dog's tale

The Best Person Ever has walked in, and Mommy’s voice gets high-pitched greeting her. After she returns some high-pitched sounds, she crouches and makes more sounds. Two syllables are recognizable.

“Ginger!”

Ginger bounds to her. Excitement shakes her every which way, spilling into showers of licks on Best Person Ever’s face, along with the occasional bark of “I’M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU!”

Of course, the two-legged ones understand Ginger as much as Ginger understands them, but happiness is a universal language. They are both very happy to see each other, and between Ginger’s barks and Best Person’s cooing, they work something out.

Mommy says things. Best Person replies, still petting and scritching Ginger because she is the Best.

But Mommy leaves. She leaves all the time! Is she going to come home?

“Ginger!” Best Person calls, already halfway to the Food Bowl Room.

Ginger hurries after her, little furry body panting and wagging. She decides it’ll be alright for a while. At least Best Person is around!


Best Person gives Ginger sooooo many belly rubs. All the belly rubs. The best belly rubs.

Ginger snuffles, but doesn’t stir. The Couch is the Best Couch, comfy and soft, and Best Person is keeping up her languid pets, crooning from time to time. Happiness is connecting them again, and so Ginger understands that Best Person likes giving belly rubs as much as Ginger likes getting them.

Watson, the noble leader of the household, slinks around the corner. No doubt he is prowling for the Food Bowl Room. Ginger’s was emptied within minutes, since she’s hardly fed, but Watson is sparing. A regal Calico he is, colored spots like jewels adorning his white fur.

Best Person makes happy noises. Ginger looks up to see her eyes on Watson. Best Person always cheers when Watson shows himself. Watson never answers, though Ginger never knows why. Best Person is the Best.

Mmmmm, belly rubs.


Ball, ball, ball, BALL! BALL!

Ginger recognizes another word: “Fetch!”

BALL!!

Ginger runs it back to Best Person. But as always, she tries to take it instead. She still hasn’t grasped the concept of Fetch: she is there to throw the ball, not take it.

Ginger holds on. Best Person makes loud happy sounds, the fast kind that Ginger loves the most. They are the Extra Happy Sounds, bursts of scent and color.

“Ginger, give!”

Ugh, fine. But only because Ginger likes her so—BALL!


Is that—what is that? What is that?!

Is that a dog? IT’S A DOG! Ginger has to see that dog. Defend the Home and Best Person, and also sniff, sniff, sniff. What’s their business here, anyway? Ginger must find out!

“WHAT DO YOU WANT?” Ginger roars, for she is a fierce Yorkshire Terrier.

“I’M WALKING!” Dog snaps back, “I NEVER GET WALKS!”

Liar! Ginger sees Dog all the time!

They try to approach each other and assess the situation. But Dog’s Human pulls them away with garbled words and Ginger is, sadly, restricted by The Wall surrounding the house. It’s got pointy tops and painted worn white. Ginger’s tried scratching it, but Mommy doesn’t like that, and making Mommy upset is the Worst Thing Ever.

“Ginger!” Best Person calls, “Food!”

Food? FOOD!

“I’M WATCHING YOU!” Ginger says to Dog. Satisfied, she sprints for Best Person.


“Hello, Watson!” Ginger says, for she is quieter with Watson. One must Respect the Cat. “How are you today?”

Watson flicks his tail, but happiness offers nothing, not like when Ginger wags her tail. Still, Watson doesn’t seem angry.

He trills something, narrowing his yellow-green eyes. Ginger can’t tell what he’s saying either.

Still, he brushes their bodies when he passes her. Ginger enjoys having him as a Bestest Friend.


Best Person ever cuddles Ginger when they sleep. Because she is the Best. When she’s holding Ginger, Ginger can close her eyes and not miss Mommy so much.


The Best Person Ever has walked in. This time, it’s Mommy! Mommy’s come back! Ginger always knew she would!

“Ginger!” she shouts, holding out her arms. She makes the happiest sounds, and Ginger replies.

Then Best Person leaves. Why does she have to leave?!

But Mommy! Mommy is here! Everything’s good now!

Watson graces Mommy with his presence, even accepting a few pets. He eats the food he is given before quickly disappearing to his lair in the Basement.

“Ginger,” Mommy says, petting and petting because she’s Ginger’s Favorite. She says other things, all happy, happy, happy.

For a moment, they know exactly what the other means.

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