Jupiter & Mars (Original Soundtrack)

by Jon Atkinson

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When the Tigertron team set out to create the soundtrack for “Jupiter & Mars”, an underwater adventure game starring two dolphins, they wanted to leave an impression, and that meant moving away from the type of music one might find in a nature documentary, as beautiful as that may be. Instead, as with every aspect of the game’s development, the team had to be very specific about the kind of soundtrack it created for the game's ruined future Earth.

Therefore, Tigertron enlisted Jon Atkinson, touring drummer with Howard Jones and Kim Wilde, multi-instrumentalist and TV and film composer. Jon’s enthusiasm and breadth of experience would make for a versatile collaborator to develop Jupiter & Mars’ soundtrack.

Result: The Jupiter & Mars Original Soundtrack, or as its alternate title states, an audio specimen of future Earth vol. 1. A primarily electronic listening experience, save for a lone acoustic guitar making a special appearance midway through the album, the team felt it would be more interesting to create an electronic score to match all of the sounds in the game, which are completely synthesized. Finding inspiration in the synthetic film scores of Wendy Carlos’ Tron and Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtracks, in vintage analogue synths, and in the sound design of Ben Burtt, this approach to audio, married with the deep blue neon visuals of Jupiter & Mars’ underwater world makes for a harmonic pairing of sights and sounds.

The team also enlisted Tokyo songbird, Nami Miyahara, to provide lead vocals to the game’s theme song “(We Are) Shooting Stars”, which can both be seen and heard in the accompanying video included here. In all, while it certainly works well in-game, the album as a standalone experience makes for an intoxicating, atmospheric listen, from beginning to end, on the sound system of your choice. So sit back, relax, and soak in the deep ocean tones of Jupiter & Mars.

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released April 22, 2019

Album Staff

Tigertron Inc.

Supervisor
James Mielke

Composer/Mix Engineer
Jon Atkinson

Artist Management
Adam Sharp (George Martin Music)

Mastering Engineer
Aneek Thapar

Support
Joy Mielke
Sam Kennedy


Brave Wave Productions

Executive Producer
Mohammed Taher

Producer
Alexander Aniel

Album Design
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Track Name: (We Are) Shooting Stars feat. Nami Miyahara
Silence, always blinds me
The sun reminds me of you
Absence, the light behind me
Casts a shadow for two

And here I go again
Holding onto you

In my dreams tonight
We will dance in moonlight
Between the near and far
We are
Shooting stars

Timeless, dreaming if we
Can find a way back to you
Your kindness lives on inside me
Rocket looks a lot like you

And here I go again
Holding onto you
What I wouldn’t give
To have you so near

In my dreams tonight
We will dance in moonlight
Between the near and far
We are
In my dreams tonight
We will dance in moonlight
Between the near and far
We are
Shooting stars

In my dreams tonight
We will dance in moonlight
Between the near and far
We are
In my dreams tonight
We will dance in moonlight
Between the near and far
We are
Shooting stars