Val­ley of the spinned

Us Two ap­plies its ap­ti­tude for an­gles to Mon­u­ment Val­ley’s gate­fold vinyl OST

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UsTwo creates new an­gles for

Mon­u­ment Val­ley’s gate­fold OST T

The dizzy­ing im­age on th­ese pages is taken from the in­side of the Mon­u­ment Val­ley sound­track’s elab­o­rate gate­fold pack­ag­ing. The de­sign en­closes a 31-track al­bum split across blue and white 180g vinyl and fea­tures the mu­sic of Stafford Bawler, OBFUSC and Grig­ori. De­vel­oper UsTwo’s ef­fort joins the in­creas­ing ranks of vinyl videogame OST re­leases, which in­clude Fez, Jour­ney and Su­per Hexagon, and rep­re­sents the self-pro­claimed dig­i­tal-prod­uct stu­dio’s de­sire to give its game a tan­gi­ble pres­ence be­yond iTunes.

“Un­for­tu­nately, be­ing an App Store game, Mon­u­ment Val­ley has no way of ex­ist­ing in a phys­i­cal form,” notes UsTwo lead de­signer Ken Wong. “There are a lot of fans of Mon­u­ment Val­ley – our­selves in­cluded – who want to have an arte­fact or a me­mento of the ex­pe­ri­ence, some­thing we can have in our homes and be part of our

col­lec­tions. And, of course, the mu­sic of Mon­u­ment Val­ley is an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant part of the ex­pe­ri­ence, and is worth lis­ten­ing to in the high­est pos­si­ble qual­ity. A vinyl set just seemed to make to­tal sense.”

The beau­ti­ful pack­age fea­tures orig­i­nal art and in­cludes a story book­let. But the task of de­pict­ing the game in a suit­able man­ner proved more dif­fi­cult than you might ex­pect.

“Mon­u­ment Val­ley im­ages are in­cred­i­bly hard to make, even when they’re not func­tional lev­els,” Wong says. “They re­quire a very tight com­bi­na­tion of il­lus­tra­tion and graphic de­sign. But we knew we wanted to go above and be­yond for this dou­ble-vinyl pack­age and cre­ate some­thing re­ally spe­cial, and the wide for­mat of the gate­fold in­te­rior was a chance to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. We traded the game’s iso­met­ric view for a one-point per­spec­tive that breaks with [our] tra­di­tion, but has led to an im­age that’s unique and yet still recog­nis­ably Mon­u­ment

Val­ley.” The sound­track al­bum is avail­able to pre­order from Iam8bit for $40 (£28). Visit www.bit.ly/mon­u­ment­val­leyOST for more de­tails.

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