Today I Die is a fantastic indy game by Daniel Benmergui. The game is about a young woman who has drowned herself in the lake. The player can revive her by manipulating words and other objects on-screen to change them from fear and depression to hope and joy. The game has developed a kind of mini-genre of word-manipulation games (including I Fell in Love with the Majesty of Colors and Aubergine Sky). “Today I Die” is a medley of all the songs from the game – or rather, it is an original song that has been cut apart and each small section looped to compose the game’s BGM. The song was composed by Hernan Rozenwasser (aka Night Raveler). Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be much else known about him!
“Today I Die” is constructed around a short piano sequence that is layered and variated using different instruments and scales. The theme begins with a lilting piano of a beauty floating at the bottom of the lake, then adds guitar and other instruments to add hope and reflection. As each room of the game is completed, the theme slowly gains confidence, then tension and discord, and finally release and joy. Drums provide a sense of stability at the end. I feel the repetition of the main theme and its dissolution into smaller pieces gives the track its power, and isn’t something that can be discerned through the MP3 but requires the adaptive audio of the game. However, the MP3 includes some opening silence and bubbling sound at the beginning which seems absent from the game.
Supposedly there is a piano mix. The original is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.