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Riven (Original Score) Soundtrack

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Audio CD, Soundtrack, February 24, 1998
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This is billed as "The Sequel to Myst, the most succesful CD-Rom game of all time" and "contains recently recovered D'NI archaelogical information available only on this CD." Not being an archaeologist--or a Myst afficianado--I'm just trying to figure out how to play the game and listen to the disc with only one damn CD-ROM drive; my hands just aren't that quick anymore. Those concerns aside, Miller's brooding, ambient soundwashes do just fine by themselves, though one can't help but discern that this is a genre that hasn't come very far from Eno and Tangerine Dream. --Jerry McCulley

1. Link
2. Atrus' Theme
3. Gateroom
4. Jungle Room
5. Survey Island Theme
6. Temple
7. Village Entrance Theme
8. Moeity Caves
9. Moeity Theme
10. Boat Ride
11. Moeity Prison
12. The Red Cave
13. Wahrk Room
14. Catherine's Prelude
15. Catherine's Theme
16. Catherine's Freedom
17. Gehn Speaks
18. Gehn's Theme
19. Fissure
20. Bonus Track

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: February 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B00000603B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee DeWald on January 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It is a common saying that a sequel is rarely better than the original. Many people today would simply prefer that there were no such things as sequels, leaving the original to stand proud in all its glory. However, the soundtrack to the ever-popular computer game "Riven" is one such case where the sequel surpasses its predecessor.
There is substantial growth in composer Robyn Miller's second effort here. This is made evident in the very first track, which is only a few seconds long. It is the linking sound you hear in the game when you transport from one Age to another. Upon hearing that, the listener knows that there is much added depth to this soundtrack.
Not that Miller's work on the "Myst" soundtrack wasn't good. It was good, very good; but his work on the "Riven" soundtrack is better. The themes are more layered - sometimes they are brooding and dark; sometimes they seem surreal and ethereal; and sometimes you swear he was composing for a real live movie.
A few of the more notable tracks on the CD are the theme-centered tracks: "Atrus' Theme" in Track 2; "Catherine's Theme" in Track 15; and Gehn's Theme" in Track 18. You will also notice that the songs develop a darker and more foreboding feel as you near the end of the CD. Many songs toward the end start off with a very low hissing note, and it only foreshadows what is to come.
As with Miller's "Myst" soundtrack, he incorporates a wide variety of sounds in the "Riven" soundtrack. The thing that amazes me, to be honest, is that everything he composed for both tracks was on a synthesizer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leon Miller on November 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm almost embarrassed by how much I enjoy this music. Whether I want to sit back, unwind with a drink after a long day at work, and just absorb the beautiful sounds, or whether I need background music that will allow me to relax and concentrate on a new project, this music works. It's beautiful, relaxing, and engrossing.
It's also a wonderful way to renew, continue, and extend your experience with the game after you've worked completely through it three or four times. As an added bonus, the packaging has high production values, so you get a cool CD case, useful and interesting liner notes, and beautiful illustrations that complement and deepen the game.
But the music stands on its own apart from the game. If you enjoy music that will let you momentarily drift away to beautiful, distant worlds, you will love this soundtrack.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on November 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I'll describe each track in relation to the game, to let people decide for themselves if this CD has what they want. The order of the tracks adheres roughly to a reasonable path through the game, except that "Link" by that reasoning should be further down the list and "Temple" further up. Personally, I think the music over the opening Cyan credit would have been a better opening track, but it isn't included, although otherwise all of Riven's music seems to be present. In fact, some of the tracks are longer versions of music in the game, since here they don't have to be trimmed to fit. :)
Despite the name of one track, no dialogue from the game is included, not even any of the speeches from the alternate endings. The effect of the entire CD is very soothing - the music is very good and was composed to help establish Riven's atmosphere.
"Link" - The brief sliding sound heard when a link book takes the player from one island to another.
"Atrus' Theme" - After the first few bars, which aren't heard at the beginning of the game, this theme tracks Atrus' first meeting with the player, but does not include his speech.
"Gateroom" corresponds to the revolving room on Temple Island - the island on which the player first enters Riven.
"Jungle Totem" begins when the player steps off the stairs to approach the warhk idol on Jungle Island.
"Survey Island Theme" accompanies the causeway on Survey Island - the outdoor pathway running through the oversized map of Riven.
"Temple" corresponds to the temple on Temple Island - the complex in which the room at sea level contains wahrk statues, spilled offering bowls, and stained glass windows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Well, I'm another one of those die-hard Riven fans. I wouldn't even waste my time giving this CD a bad review, since I know that there are certain fans out there to murder me in my sleep if I did that. Anyway. On to the actual subject. First of all, the game was the best I've ever played, and this was enhanced by the soundtrack. It was calm, serene, and great for falling asleep to. The music blended very nicely together, and it had good rhythms in the places where it was supposed to. If anyone has read the liner notes, one can tell that Robyn has taken great care in writing this. Neither of the Millers would do anything without care, I don't think, seeing what they did with Myst and Riven. It reflects the theme of Riven well, such as the villagers' style of music, mostly persussional. The entire soundtrack still sounds ominous, starting from the opening track (my favorite <g>), "Link". I could go on to explain this ten-second sound-effect, but I won't, other than the fact that its theme is a screwed-up link, because of the way that Gehn has written the Age of Riven. Then, Atrus' Theme is also really cool, probably my second favorite track on the disc, because somehow, it really draws out his character in the music. I could go on, especially about Gehn's Theme, which is said to be the best track of them all, because of the strong background theme. I also liked the instrumental choice, since it fit in with the Maral-obe, or the instrument that Gehn invented and played for his own personal use. It looks and sounds somewhat like a saxophone, and I like it.Read more ›
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