Solar Fields returns to compose music for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

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One of the most integral ingredients for Mirror’s Edge was the electronic ambient music. Thanks to Swedish composer Solar Fields, aka Magnus Birgersson, he gave us a unique experience that felt peaceful and invigorating at the same time. Now DICE has revealed that the composer will be returning to score the music for Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, the upcoming first-person parkour game, and bringing life to the city of Glass.

Solar Fields has been experimenting with some different techniques like the “granular synthesis” so that he can explore new sounds.

“I’m playing around with these particle clouds to see what sounds are recognisable and iconic even when the music is dissolved, and to see if there are any new aspects in there I can work with,” the composer tells DICE.

Since technology has improved, he is able to work with four different stereo channels as compared to just one stereo channel. This gives the new game a more dynamic experience.

With that, check out this soundtrack sample below:

There are many moments in the first Mirror’s Edge where the music helped give you that sense of wonderment as you explore the white and futuristic city. One of my favorite tracks is “Kate”. It has a slow but steady beat as you feel like you’re running away perfectly nonstop. At the 3-minute mark, it starts to switch into lower gears as you feel at peace at a time when you need it most.

Then there’s “Shards”, another track that starts off soothing before the tempo gets faster as you start to face the enemies.

Of course, if you’re more into the poppier side, there’s “Still Alive”.

For many out there, the Mirror’s Edge game’s difficulty level was really hard. For me, the music helped in keeping me focused as I fall and die over and over again. At least the load times were quick.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst will be available for the PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 23, 2016.

Source: Mirror’s Edge Site

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