The Tetris Effect soundtrack is finally going to be released in its totality, for the very first time since the game launched on PlayStation 4 back in the fall of 2018. The good news is that the whole thing will be available on vinyl, for all the people who have that kind of money, space, and time devoted to the music they enjoy. The bad news is that it’s only going to be available on vinyl, at least in the “this is what you’re able to purchase” sense. All vinyl copies also include download codes for digital versions of the soundtrack, but as far as I can tell, there’s no way to just straight-up buy the soundtrack digitally.
Two different vinyl collections go up for pre-order on Limited Run Games this Friday, Nov. 22: a two-disc standard version for $34.99 and a five-disc “Perfect Collection” for $99.99. The standard edition crams 17 tracks onto four sides, including the full versions of “Connected (Yours Forever)” and “World of Colors,” both of which have only ever been released in truncated forms on the sampler album that came with the PC version of Tetris Effect.
The Perfect Collection, meanwhile, includes all 40 songs from the game on five colored LPs, each representing one of the five tetrominoes, along with liner notes from the game’s developers and composers. Both collections include a download code for digital versions of the complete, 40-song soundtrack, which I would gladly pay $15 for on its own, were that option available to me. But it’s not, so now I have to decide if I’m willing to spend $35 on a two-disc vinyl set that I have absolutely no way to play or conveniently store, given that I live in a 220 square-foot tiny house in some lesbians’ back yard. (They’re gorgeous people and I adore having them as my landlords.)
Pre-orders close on Friday, December 20, and Limited Run hasn’t explicitly spelled out just how limited of a run this’ll be, so maybe don’t sleep on it if this sort of thing is your cuppa. Neither collection is expected to ship until February 2020 at the earliest, and pre-orders are non-refundable, so keep that in mind as well.
On a semi-related note, why do we use “disc” for vinyl records? “Disc” is used for optical media, while “disk” is used for magnetic media. But a vinyl record is neither, it’s an entirely analogue media format. The needle on the tone arm transmits the microscopic vibrations etched into the record to the diaphragm of the speaker, which converts them back into sound waves. There are no lasers or magnets involved, and therefore “disc” and “disk” are both invalid descriptors. One might argue that the use of “disc” with regards to gramophone records pre-dates its use for optical media to an almost hilarious extent, so much so that even bringing it up is a ridiculous act of futility, but anyone making that argument doesn’t have a minimum word count that must be reached on all news articles, even when they’re about Tetris soundtracks.