There's nothing worse than being hunted by a supernatural entity aboard your spaceship. Don't you just hate it when that happens? Ellen Ripley knows what we're talkin' about, and so does the crew of the Nightflyer, a craft currently being terrorized by some unseen force on the SYFY adaptation of George R.R. Martin's terrifying novella.
You can attribute much of the atmospheric terror in Nightflyers to Will Bates' synth-inspired score that recalls old school John Carpenter and Vangelis' score for the first Blade Runner. All in all, the sound is a totally retro one that properly fits the futuristic setting. The ode to '80s-era horror soundtracks could be recognition of the fact that Martin's novella was first published in 1980.
The full soundtrack for the series will be released by Lakeshore Records this Friday, Dec. 14, but they were kind enough to provide us with an exclusive look at two of the tracks. One is the Main Title, while the other is entitled "Crystal Matrix."
Listen to the two tracks below, but keep one eye out for danger:
"[EP] Jeff [Buhler] gave me total freedom to explore and really push the sonic landscape; 'Anything goes as long as it’s in the service of the story,'" Bates exclusively told SYFY WIRE. "The show really gets crazy, so the score had to follow suit. I punished a lot of analog synths through pedals and vintage amps, brought in my old pal Lev Zhurbin for some beautiful violins and violas, had some brass played by UK trumpeter Quentin Collins, and glitched out some operatic vocals by Fall On Your Sword’s Lucy Alper. Despite all that craziness, for me this is still very much a thematic and emotional score. With recurring themes and character arcs, it all threads together into one story. I’m delighted to be putting out an album of the work."
Nightflyers airs the eighth episode of its first season, titled "Rebirth," tonight on SYFY at 10/9c. Episodes 9 ("Icarus) and 10 ("All That We Have Found") will air tomorrow and Thursday at the same times.