Review Summary: A franchise dedicated to embrace fear and paranoia more so than any other; inherited the perfect pawn, to compose one of the most fear-inducing, sense-rendering, and sonically intensifying soundtracks ever to brace a video-game.
Akira Yamaoka, acted as an iconic composer/sound-director/sound-designer for "Konami" from 1993. Previously composing and directing more mainstream scores for titles such as "Sparkster", "International Superstar Soccer Pro 98", and "Kensei: Sacred Fist", before forming a bond with the survival horror game, "Silent Hill". Composing music for the series and each of it's subsequent installments(excluding Silent Hill: Downpour) for a decade.
Right from the very first installment; Yamaoka strived to render an atmosphere, to emphasize every single discomforting factor, and to induce suspense/fear/disgust. Without resorting to strings(commonly used in games before-hand), but rather, noise. And he achieves that through none conventional means, which only emphasizes the cause.
To call this O.S.T "Musical", would be a stretch. It's stimulating for undistinguishable reasons. Any trace of melody in each track is undistinguishable, often coated with static. Any form of rhythm is braced by percussion that is only ever dependent on clangs, bangs, or chimes. It creates "Music", by means of sound, rather then pitch. It's a vague, interesting, and even stimulating form of "music", for the open minded, or those looking for a new form of stimulation in music.
What is so stimulating, unique, and over-all refreshing about the basis of this soundtrack, is it's contrast to other horror soundtracks. In most cases, a horror soundtrack will try to achieve a dark form of ambience, or a thrilling trill of suspense.. But by means of an orchestra. This O.S.T however, achieves that in various innovative ways. And over-all ends up far more effective and captivating for the player, or in this case, the listener. And as far as they are concerned, it isn't simply a collection of strings against a raging pianist.. It is a cult of demonic creatures, chanting their whimsical melody. Or it is resounding clanging in the distance, cascading amongst near-by footsteps.
This O.S.T is a subsonic masterpiece, not only is it unique and vague, but innovative and stimulating, a franchise dedicated to embrace fear and paranoia more so than any other; inherited the perfect pawn, to compose one of the most fear-inducing, sense-rendering, and sonically intensifying soundtracks ever to brace a video-game.