Aperçus is a full-length instrumental soundtrack album by Borut Praper, a.k.a. Ray Kosmick. Most of the tracks on this album were written for the Survarium Music Contest, opened by Vostok Games, which called on the game community to produce music for the massive multiplayer shooter Survarium. The competition was in two categories: covers of the game's main theme, composed by Vladimir Savin - Dargalon (first prize); and new original tracks for the game (multiple second prizes). The winners were selected by the developer and will be included in the game soundtrack.
Ray Kosmick's original track "Nightfall 2" received one of the second prizes; while his cover of the Survarium Main Theme received the first prize and was the main winner of the competition.
All tracks on Aperçus written, arranged and recorded by Borut Praper (a.k.a. Ray Kosmick), except for Red River (an "online" collaboration between Borut Praper and the Slovak composer/producer Alex Turcani - Alyctro and another entry for the Survarium Music Contest) and Survarium Main Theme (original theme composed by Vladimir Savin - Dargalon). The album also includes a few recent works (Fractures, Backyard Barry and Fractures Rend) which have not taken part in the aforementioned competition. All of the noise (except for Red River) made by Ray Kosmick, be it organic, synthetic, electric, acoustic, or any combination thereof. Produced, mixed and mastered by Ray Kosmick in S.U.R. Studio, Berlin, in 2014 & 2015. The cover artwork is a screenshot from the film Nosferatu by F.W. Murnau (1922).
Ray Kosmick is a fictional character appearing in the satirical novels Cynicism Management and Pendulum Pet by Bori Praper (available on Amazon). All the Ray Kosmick tracks are in fact written, recorded and produced by Borut Praper.