Kholat tells the story inspired by a mysterious incident which took place in the Ural Mountains. The game is a first-person horror, produced by Polish studio IMGN.pro and released in 2015. Music was composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski who also scored Medium, Layers of Fear, Observer, and many others. In his own words:
“Nowadays melodies are often put to the side of the score, music is an underscore that is very film-like. I always thought that combining emotional, almost delicate music with the very dark ambiance in Silent Hill series turned out great. I like working with contrasts – piano, humming voice and dark, icy, slowed-down strings in Kholat.
Kholat was always about the cold, windy mountains, where some really dangerous presence lurks and tries to hunt us down. I thought that recording some higher strings parts and then additionally slowing them down a bit would work quite well and would add another layer to the icy atmosphere.
On the other hand, we are investigating a really tragic story of missing students, and finding their notes and journals. It was a good time to put some more emotions into the soundtrack. Especially at the beginning, when we arrive at the train station and the village is deserted, but there is some kind of sadness hanging in the air. The humming voice with the piano makes us more emotionally invested in the story.”