Half-Life: Alyx episodic soundtrack arrives on Spotify and Steam

Eric on 2021-09-04
Developer Valve has taken a unique approach to publishing the official soundtrack for its hit VR title Half-Life: Alyx, released episodically, with new tracks releasing alongside their corresponding in-game chapters.

Set between the end of the original Half-Life and the beginning of Half-Life 2, the game casts the player in the role of fan-favorite Alyx Vance as she and her father join the rebellion against Earth’s militaristic oppressors, the Combine. Outside of several iconic tracks originating from Kelly Bailey’s Half-Life score, the Half-Life: Alyx soundtrack is composed by Mike Morasky.

The soundtrack currently includes ten out of a planned eleven chapters, totaling 62 tracks and 3 hours and 16 minutes of ambient soundscapes. Tracks from Chapter 11, the final chapter, will soon be added to the libraries of customers who have already purchased the soundtrack.

As an in-house composer for Valve, Morasky has also created soundtracks for Portal (with Kelly Bailey), Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Portal 2, credited as “Aperture Science Psychoacoustic Laboratories."

Music from Chapter 1: Entanglement, Chapter 2: The Quarantine Zone, Chapter 3: Is Or Will Be, Chapter 4: Superweapon, Chapter 5: The Northern Star, Chapter 6: Arms Race, Chapter 7: Jeff, Chapter 8: Captivity, Chapter 9: Revelations, and Chapter 10: Breaking and Entering are streaming on Spotify and Apple Music platforms.

Chapter 11: Point Extraction is scheduled for publication in Q1 2022. From the product page:
Following the story and locations of Half-Life: Alyx, the soundtrack evolves and combines industrial, electronic, experimental and orchestral cinematic pieces, alternating between abstract environmental, emotional soundscapes and direct action-oriented cues.