Monday, June 18, 2018

We're Halfway There /// Music Monday #26

Well, would you look at that? Not only are we half-done the Music Monday posts for 2018, but we've also been at this for a year now. Woo hoo!

And for today's song, we have one from a video game that sounds like it's been pulled from a movie instead.

"Now" from Detroit: Become Human
Composed by Nima Fakhrara

If you haven't heard of this game before, it's about a not-so-distant future where androids are a reality. Their presence, however, isn't appreciated by many people, because of the AI taking jobs that humans once had. The developers have a lot of interesting things to say about a world with androids and how it would affect everything; it's also a means for them to talk about racism, because that's what it feels like when people make a point of calling an android "it" and treat it less respectfully.

I'm currently watching Jacksepticeye play the game, and while I don't know the overarching plot yet, it's really interesting. It focuses on three main androids: Connor, Kara, and Markus. Connor is working with the police to locate deviants, androids who've broken through their programming and fallen prey to emotion. Kara is a maid to an abusive father and his young daughter, who fears her dad's wrath. Markus is the caretaker of an old painter whose son despises AI with a passion.

You follow them on their journey in this game, which, truth be told, feels more like an interactive story. Much of what you do is make choices, and there are lots of those. What you do affects who will live or die throughout the game.

What's really cool is that they got three different composers for each character, Philip Sheppard has a more emotional score for Kara; John Paesano goes for something more epic with Markus; and lastly, Nima Fakhrara takes a Tron-esque approach for Connor. As you're probably able to guess, today's song is for Connor's storyline, when he's pursuing a deviant in an intense chase and you're making rapid-fire decisions throughout.

People in the comments were comparing it to "Mombasa" from Inception, and I can see the resemblance. But the overall sci-fi tone sets it apart. I really love the blend screeching strings, pounding percussion, and simmering synths. (I don't why I described it as "simmering." I just wanted to keep up the alliteration.)

What'd you think of the song? What're your thoughts on a world where androids are a reality? How would you treat them? Do you believe they'd have the potential to take over?


  1. I've never heard of this game, but it sounds really cool. And this song is awesome! It'd be perfect to write a futuristic story to! Just listening to it makes me want to go write something futuristic! And I agree, it totally sounds more like a movie song than video game one. But that's fun!

    1. OH. Also I completely forgot to mention that I tagged you for the Writer's Edition of a Get to Know Me Tag! You can find it here: Noooo pressure whatsoever to do it though. I just wanted to let you know!

  2. Ooh, that's a really well-written song! I never would have guessed it was from a video game unless you'd told us, either. Very nice. :D

    As regards androids . . . I'm really not sure. I'd probably be a little wary of them. Also, there's so many ethical and religious aspects that could come into play - this is such a complicated question! I have no idea. XD Having read/watched a lot of sci-fi, yes, I totally believe they could take over, because that's what always happens. XD

    Great music, as usual!