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Soundtrack review: 1979 Revolution: Black friday (Nima Fakhara – 2016)

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Soundtrack review: 1979 Revolution: Black friday (Nima Fakhara – 2016)


“1979 Revolution: Black Friday” is adventure interactive drama video game developed and published by iNK Studios, with additional development by N-Fusion Interactive. It was released on April 5, 2016 for Microsoft Windows and OS X. Players control Reza Shirazi, an aspiring photojournalist, who returns to Iran amidst the Iranian Revolution. As he becomes more involved in the events of the revolution, Reza is forced to make decisions in order to survive. Players make timed responses throughout the game, determining the outcome of the plot. They are tasked with taking in-game photographs of their surroundings, and given historical background of the events. This is quite an interesting context and learning experience for a game. The score was written by Nima Fakhara.

Nostalgia is one of the most intense feelings I could get from music. The more I get, the more I love the score and the faster I can connect with it. The opening of “Dirt” left me stunned because I felt I was back in the 80s listening to the quieter parts of the “Terminator” score. The cue changed pace and went into a percussion rage but that didn’t change my perception.

I like the atmosphere of this score and since we are talking about a game score, this is all that matters. This is not a movie where you can debate if the music fits the story or not; it’s a game: you, as a player, make the atmosphere, make the story, react and interact with the environment and the music needs to be part of that experience. I like the darkness in this one, I feel part of the story when I hear chants in the background and I understand the constant feeling of movement and the beat in the background that feels like it suggest the irregular beating of a heart.

The raw and industrial sound of the score is stripped to the bare minimum as if to let the player or the listener bring his or her own emotions inside. When I play a game I love to get lost in it and completely forget the outside world; “Theater and hope” is the first wonderful moment when I am fully immersed in the score. Minimalistic but poignant this cue makes me cross the border into the world of “1979 Revolution”.

My favorite moments from the score are the deep reflective ones; like I said they bring “Terminator” age nostalgia and they take me to a familiar and comfortable barren territory. “Hafez” or “Empty streets” are cues I know I will listen to again. The synth magic of “Dreams” represents the essence of what I love about electronic music. The story is set in 197 and the composer knew how to make this clear in the music.

“1979 Revolution: Black Friday” is an immersive score which will work very well in the context of the game. Darkness, tension and a bit of hope go hand in hand and create a chilling and addictive atmosphere. Add to this the personal nostalgia for the 80s and we have a winner. Nima Fakhara is having a great 2016.

Cue rating: 86 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 23 / 48

Album excellence: 48%


01 1979

02 Dirt

07 Theater And Hope

09 Hafez

10 Dreams

11 Empty Streets

14 The Death

15 Save Him

17 Speech

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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