I’ve gathered here 10 amazing ambient tracks from the World of WarCraft expansion composed by the one and only Matt Uelmen. I also did this custom cover art.
- Composed by: Matt Uelmen
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For Riven, the sequel to Myst, Robyn Miller returned to create an atmospheric accompaniment to the game. Riven – The Soundtrack is a more authentic experience than its predecessor, since the tracks are pretty much identical to those in the game. It retains a very atmospheric feel, but focuses more on soothing electronic soundscapes with percussive and ethnic elements playing only a supporting role. It works flawlessly in the game and is fulfilling on a stand-alone basis too.
Originally, Myst was going to be a game without music: just sound effects. But then one day, Robyn Miller was screwing around and composed one song (many assume it to be the Myst Theme); that got him on a roll, and this 26-track soundtrack was the result. Outside of the game, this soundtrack is good for sleeping, napping, resting, and otherwise relaxing. Even some of the harsher tracks (like those from the mechanical age) are soft enough to lull you to sleep.
MageSlayer is a 3D top down hack and slash dungeon type game, utilizing four different character classes with differing spells and abilities, based on the Vampire engine, developed by Raven Software. The score composed by Kevin Schilder consists in pretty good old MIDI dark ambient tunes.
Sweeping melodies were combined to form a backdrop of musical discord which created the strange, tortured feeling of ‘Claw Mountain‘.The music tor the game’s villain needed to be foreboding and sinister. Strings and minor chords became the basis for Belial’s theme. ‘Huline Jungle’s‘ tribal sound was composed by recording chants and authentic ethnic instruments. The result immerses the listener in the lush vibrant sounds of the woodlands. The inspiration for ‘The Draracle Halls’ came from scraping heavy chains along the recording studio floor. The sounds would later serve as the song’s drum track.
Very nice tunes in this classic RPG from the defunct Westwood Studios, interesting to listen to one of Klepacki’s early works and to be amazed of the variety of styles and sounds he covers with this one, even the very short single-event tunes are well done. These tunes really carry atmosphere and emotion and could have been used very well to score a movie.