Materia Collective is thrilled to kick off a new album series alongside arranger Sean Schafianski with Chamber Works: NieR Automata. Schafianski – best known for his Remastered Soundtrack series with albums dedicated to Secret of Evermore, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, and Breath of Fire III – turns his attention to live orchestra with performances by the ETHEReal String Orchestra, Videri String Quartet, and The Game Brass. Each contributes riveting performances that breathe new life into the award-winning NieR: Automata soundtrack composed by MoNACA. Chamber Works: NieR Automata is licensed and available today in digital and limited-edition CD formats:
“Each of these themes are arranged to suit chamber ensembles such as one would see in concert settings,” explains arranger Sean Schafianski. “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!”
Several key themes from the game are featured, including the driving “Alien Manifestation,” the melancholy “Vague Hope,” and the infectiously upbeat “Pascal,” among others. The full track listing for Chamber Works: NieR Automata is as follows:
- Emil’s Shop
- Vague Hope – Cold Rain
- Copied City
- Alien Manifestation
- The Sound of the End
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About Sean Schafianski
Sean Schafianski is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, and avid gamer from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently graduated with a degree in composition from Grand Valley State University and is now working in a freelance capacity on original and arrangement projects.
In 2013 he began producing jazz-flavored arrangements of some of his favorite videogame soundtracks, including those from the Final Fantasy series, Chrono Trigger, and NieR, and offering them through JoyPad Records and later, Loudr. His Video Game Music Remastered (VGMR) projects include Final Fantasy VII, Secret of Evermore, Breath of Fire III, and now, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest.
About Materia Collective
Materia Collective is a Seattle-based videogame music publisher and label, representing an international array of renowned video game musicians, composers, and songwriters. The collective supports its members with the financial, legal, logistical, and creative aspects of bringing videogame music into the forefront. The company has become known within the industry as a representation of highly innovative game music endeavors that move and inspire.