However lukewarm the reception was for Capcom’s ’Remember Me’, the majority of the reviewers agreed on one positive point about the game: its soundtrack was remarkable. Its composer, Olivier Deriviere adeptly uses various musical styles and consciously toys with familiar orchestral textures with positive results. As a cohesive soundtrack release, ’Remember Me’s’ compiled music conjures images of an unmade Philip K. Dick film.
If you’ve ever listened to a soundtrack before watching a film or playing a game, you often run the risk of spoiling yourself on the pacing and the ebb and flow of the narrative. You can certainly imagine a story play out in your head as you listen to ’Remember Me’s’ soundtrack, but at the same time, each track can stand on its own. The one exception is the track titled ’Fragments’, a repetitive piece that fits well in the context of the game, just not by itself. You can make good guesses which tracks propel the frenetic foot chases and boss fights by way of their pacing.
One such track is ’Chase Through Montmartre’, a composition that immediately swells in the style of Philip Glass, but then goes off kilter with a electronic skip. The second half of this track evolves into something completely different, conjuring images of a speedy chase-turned-boss-fight. ’Remember Me’s’ soundtrack has a number of well-timed repetitive sounds that, out of context, sound like a CD skipping. These anomalies work extremely well, complementing the visual glitches sprinkled throughout the game. You can tell something’s off just like the game’s setting of Neo-Paris, a city in flux.
If the talented Jeremy Soule is often considered the John Williams of game soundtracks and the legendary Nobuo Uematsu is widely associated with his classical influences, then Olivier Deriviere is game music’s eclectic daredevil. The soundtrack of ’Remember Me’ shines on multiple levels, but Olivier also excels when he focuses on the kind of electronic sounds that echo Vangelis’ work on ’Blade Runner’. I could easily imagine Olivier compose a great soundtrack to Ridley Scott’s still-in-development sequel.
Score: 9 out of 10