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Soundtrack review: Geodrop (Chris Huelsbeck – 2015)

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“Geodrop” is a smartphone game that presents a new take on the good old tetris mechanics. You don’t only have to match the various pieces together but there are extra challenges like creating clusters out of blocks of the same color. I only take interest in it because the score was written by Chris Huelsbeck and his music for another game “TouchFish” provided me with a serious nostalgia trip.

Yeah I couldn’t go wrong with this one. A computer game with simple dynamics screams for a simple electronic score and this is what we get here. This is the frame of what Huelsbeck does for “Geodrop” because he adds a few more layers to the music. There’s percussion and there’s melody and for a while there the main theme reminds me of Daft Punk’s memorable score for “Tron: Legacy”.

I stay in the same place with “Shapes”. This one reminds me a lot of “The grid” from the aforementioned score before it takes off on its own. I like how the music itself sounds like a level of a game on which you add layer after layer. I feel as if I am part of a computer game and I have to watch and control my movements in order to advance. The game isn’t as simple as I thought because the music isn’t as simple as I first predicted. Sounds come together and go from synth to electronic rock and I am very excited to discover this little gem.

Did I mention that the music is exciting and rich? I feel the need to say it again because I can’t get enough of “Geodrop”. This is much more complex and interesting then the “Touchfish” scores even if those made me feel more connected to the past. This time I am off to dreamland, floating somewhere in space and I am also thinking about the future. Still the music falls into the same category which I simply like to call “my favorite sound”. This is it. It makes me forget about orchestral scores or minimalistic scores and it makes me feel like I could live if all the film and game music in the world sounded like this. I am addicted to this sound and Chris Huelsbeck is one of the composer who keeps the dream alive.

Cue rating: 95 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 9 / 18

Album excellence: 50%

Highlights:

GeoDrop Theme

Shapes (from GeoDrop)

Colors (from GeoDrop)

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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