The Music of Silent Hill [01/26/05]

With the upcoming release of the Silent Hill movie (based on the popular horror videogame series by the same name), we decided to cover the music that made such an impact on the mood of the games. Composed by Sound Director/Sound Producer and Music Composer Akira Yamaoka, the music for the Silent Hill series has been unique and shown an evolution from dark soundscapes to a more techno influenced experience.

While, at the time of this write-up, there is no official confirmation, all signs point to the fact that Akira Yamaoka's music will play a pivotal role in the film. Considering that the 30 second teaser featured Never Forgive Me, Never Forget Me from Silent Hill 3 and Dead End from the original Silent Hill and the full trailer featured Promise (Reprise) from Silent Hill 2 and the original theme, I wonder how present his work will be.

How much of the soundtrack will feature old music and how much of it will be new still remains a mystery, but if the trailer is any indication, it looks to be collaborative, with symphonic elements and an infusion of already established music.

To give those unfamiliar with the music from the series, we'd like to offer the following reviews of the original soundtracks. Some are only available through import (or through the likes of eBay as they're no long in print), while others made it to the North American market.

Silent Hill Original Soundtrack - Released in 1999 by King Records (the Japanese company), this original soundtrack is apparently no longer in print.

Silent Hill 2 Original Soundtrack - Released in 2001 by Konami Music Entertainment, Inc., this original soundtrack is apparently no longer in print.

Silent Hill 3 Original Soundtrack - Released in 2003 by Konami Music Entertainment, Inc., this original soundtrack is apparently no longer in print. Oddly enough, the same soundtrack (except for one track) was packed in with the North American release of the title.

Silent Hill 4: The Room Original Soundtrack - Released in 2004 by Konami Music Entertainment, Inc., this original soundtrack is still available (as far as we know). The odd thing is, though, that the Japanese version of this soundtrack is noticeably different than the Limited Soundtrack given away with the North American game as a pre-order bonus.

Links

Akira Yamaoka's Profile (Japanese)

Official Movie Site

- - Kinderfeld

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