Seattle-based video game music publisher Materia Collective has announced the release of the first album in their new series, titled Chamber Works: NieR Automata. The album is the work of composer and arranger Sean Schafianski, who is best known for his previous Remastered Soundtrack series of albums. That series included albums dedicated to Secret of Evermore, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, and Breath of Fire III. Schafianski worked with groups such as ETHEReal String Orchestra, Videri String Quartet, and The Game Brass to create live orchestra arrangements of the already award-winning NieR: Automata Soundtrack.
“Each of these themes are arranged to suit chamber ensembles such as one would see in concert settings, Much of the inspiration for these arrangements comes from my experience with 20th Century music, minimalism and post minimalism-subjects that I studied deeply during my university days. There is a lot to uncover here, including references to Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Samuel Barber, and more. This album was challenging to put together, both from an arrangement and logistical standpoint. All of the musicians did an amazing job, and they deserve all the praise you can give them!” – Sean Schafianski
The full track listing for Chamber Works: NieR Automata is available below:
01. Emil’s Shop
02. Vague Hope – Cold Rain
04. Copied City
06. Alien Manifestation
07. The Sound of the End
The album can be purchased for about $7 on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp. You can also pick up the album on compact disk for around $15. This is a limited edition of Chamber Works: NieR Automata which also includes the digital version of the album. Those wishing to learn more about Sean Schafianski or his work should check out his website, his Twitter, or his YouTube channel. For any of the many other albums Materia Collective has published, you should be sure to check out their website.
Brian Cowan loves playing video games, football, Magic, and pretty much anything else that he can use as an excuse to waste time. When he is not doing the above or working, he is usually writing or reading.