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Stellaris - Dev Diary #82: Synthetic Dawn Music

Hello everyone and welcome to another Stellaris development diary! This time I'm going to give the word to our very own composer, Andreas Waldetoft, who will be talking about new music in the Synthetic Dawn Story Pack.
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I have once again been given some time to work on Stellaris, which always has been something very inspiring for me. There is so much freedom in writing the music for this that I never run out of ideas. For me, it is not the harmony or melody that is the hard part for Stellaris, it is finding the right sound and synth for the job.

For Synthetic Dawn I wanted to have the focus on simple synthetic sounds that would sit in the front seat throughout the songs. Some would call it a retro feeling with that 80-90’s game soundtrack kind of feeling, with my own style blended in. Musical lines that keeps changing more in tempo, dynamics and shapes rather than in musical harmony.

I did not however want to change the focus and soul of what has become the essence of Stellaris music so that it would sit wrong with all the other tunes that is in the game now. There is still similar musical language and ethereal sounds that we have heard before.

In total there are 3 new tracks, totaling ~18 minutes of music. Here is one of them, called 'Synthetic God' for your listening pleasure:

That's all for today! Next week we'll be going over a number of smaller changes coming in the 1.8 'Čapek' update, including the rework of Core Sector Governors and changes to democratic elections.
 
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Sounds wonderful!

So....I assume that a DD about music indicates that we are close to see a release date?
(PleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePlease)
 

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Nice Blade Runner feel to the music.
 

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Nothing beats old 80s-90s retrosynth music imho :D

To me the music feels very inspired by the end 70s space disco music (Like for example 'The Droids' ), totally loving it
 

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X number of minutes?
It sounds really good though and is definitely not out of place with the rest of the music at all
Mission accomplished!
 

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Can't wait to listen to X minutes of new music!
 

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Next week we'll be going over a number of smaller changes coming in the 1.8 'Čapek' update,

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Two weeks from now plus few days - "RELEASE THE PATCH!"
 

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This really reminds me of a lot of 90's demoscene tracker music - though obviously much more hi-fi. Great job!
 

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I actually like the music interesting, now just got to have the release date please
 

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Love Waldetoft's music in Stellaris. From that sample track, looking forward to hearing what else has been added.
 

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Great work as ever mr @Jazzhole. Have you ever thought your nickname may sound a bit.... rude? :eek:

I've always been an electronica fan, it's the fun synth noises etc that keeps me coming back.
 

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Synthetic Dawn, TW:Warhammer 2 and Blood Bowl Legendary edition all in the same month. This is brutal.

Plus Gencon starts in a day or two so ther will be new board games to look at as well.
 

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Nothing beats old 80s-90s retrosynth music imho :D

Partially disagree, add some power metal on top of it.

P.S. I guess people disagreeing are not fan of Machinae Supremacy.
 
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Is this Music for free or within the paid dlc?

Says at the top it's for the story pack, so dlc.

EDIT: That track is AMAZING! Liked it at the start but the increasing tempo is what made it! Clearly you have mastered that most ancient of instruments: the synthesizer.
 
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