Portal 2: Songs to Test By [Original  Soundtrack]

Portal 2: Songs to Test By [Original Soundtrack]

by Mike Morasky
     
 
Since Portal 2's sprawling, award-winning soundtrack was made available as a free download on the game's official website soon after its April 2011 release, a version that fans had to pay for had to be something special. The four-disc Collector's Edition of Songs to Test By definitely caters to the kind of Portal fan who loves to have souvenirs of

Overview

Since Portal 2's sprawling, award-winning soundtrack was made available as a free download on the game's official website soon after its April 2011 release, a version that fans had to pay for had to be something special. The four-disc Collector's Edition of Songs to Test By definitely caters to the kind of Portal fan who loves to have souvenirs of the game -- official and unofficial Portal-related merchandise runs the gamut from mugs and T-shirts to socks and jewelry -- by including "Turret Lullaby," a mini-comic in which the game's fatally precise turret bots are tested for nursery duty; album artwork featuring Portal's protagonist Chell and her electronic frenemies GlaDOS and Wheatley; download keys for two other Valve games, Team Fortress 2 and DOTA 2; and perhaps most notably, the soundtrack for the first Portal game, which features not one but two versions of Jonathan Coulton's cult favorite song "Still Alive." That song and its Portal 2 sequel, GlaDOS' farewell "Want You Gone," are two of Songs to Test By's standouts, but they're far from the only ones. Appropriate to the game's many levels and layers, Valve composer Mike Morasky's music ranges from subtle audio backdrops for puzzle-solving ("15 Acres of Broken Glass") to tense action cues ("The Part Where He Kills You") to eerie mood pieces ("Robot Ghost Story") to tracks that hint at the game's surprisingly emotional back-story ("Ghost of Rattman," "Caroline Deleted"). Other tracks, such as "Machiavellian Bach," are noteworthy for how seamlessly they blend flowing classical and stiff electronic motifs, or for how well they express the game's retro-futuristic vibe, like the sprightly "Halls of Science 4." As on "Still Alive" and "Want You Gone," former opera singer Ellen McLain's vocals grace some of the soundtrack's most evocative and emotive moments, whether as GlaDOS on the beautifully eerie "PotatOS' Lament" or as a chorus of turrets on "Turret Wife Serenade" and "Cara Mia Addio." Indeed, every aspect of both Portal games has so much personality that it's something of a shame that Songs to Test By doesn't include some of the more hilarious excerpts of the games' consistently witty dialogue as another bonus. Nevertheless, this set delivers as an extra-special, extra-geeky presentation of one of the game's most vital elements.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2012
Label:
Ipecac Recordings
UPC:
0689230013426
catalogNumber:
134
Rank:
43543

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Science Is Fun
  2. Concentration Enhancing Menu Initialiser
  3. 9999999
  4. The Courtesy Call
  5. Technical Difficulties
  6. Overgrowth
  7. Ghost of Rattman
  8. Haunted Panels
  9. The Future Starts with You
  10. There She Is
  11. You Know Her?
  12. The Friendly Faith Plate
  13. 15 Acres of Broken Glass
  14. Love as a Construct
  15. I Saw a Deer Today
  16. Hard Sunshine
  17. I'm Different
  18. Adrenal Vapor
  19. Turret Wife Serenade
  20. I Made It All Up
  21. Comedy = Tragedy + Time
  22. Triple Laser Phase

Disc 2

  1. You Will Be Perfect
  2. Halls of Science 4
  3. (defun botsbuildbots () (botsbuildbots))
  4. An Accent Beyond
  5. Robot Ghost Story
  6. Die Cut Laser Dance
  7. Turret Redemption Line
  8. Bring Your Daughter to Work Day
  9. Almost at Fifty Percent
  10. Don't Do It
  11. I AM NOT A MORON!
  12. Vitrification Order
  13. Music of the Spheres
  14. You Are Not Part of the Control Group
  15. Forwarding the Cause of Science
  16. PotatOS Lament
  17. The Reunion
  18. Music of the Spheres 2 (Incendiary Lemons)

Disc 3

  1. Reconstructing More Science
  2. Wheatley Science
  3. Franken Turrets
  4. Machiavellian Bach
  5. Excursion Funnel
  6. TEST
  7. The Part Where He Kills You
  8. OMG, What Has He Done?
  9. Bombs for Throwing at You
  10. Your Precious Moon
  11. Caroline Deleted
  12. Cara Mia Addio
  13. Want You Gone
  14. Spaaaaace
  15. Space Phase
  16. Some Assembly Required
  17. Robot Waiting Room #1
  18. Robot Waiting Room #2
  19. Robot Waiting Room #3
  20. Robot Waiting Room #4
  21. Robot Waiting Room #5
  22. Robot Waiting Room #6
  23. You Saved Science
  24. Robots FTW

Disc 4

  1. Subject Name Here
  2. Taste of Blood
  3. Android Hell
  4. Self Esteem Fund
  5. Precedural Jiggle Bone
  6. No Cake for You
  7. 4000 Degrees Kelvin
  8. Stop What You Are Doing
  9. Party Escort
  10. You're Not a Good Person
  11. You Can't Escape You Know
  12. Still Alive
  13. Still Alive

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