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Riven - The Soundtrack

Robyn MillerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 4, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B002KE507M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riven: The Soundtrack 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, relaxing, and engrossing. November 18, 1999
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars More music to chill out by 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Robyn Miller's best work December 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Riven is one of my favorite soundtracks for writing. I have loved the ambient music Robyn has done for Myst and was thrilled with the soundtrack for Riven when it was released.
I'd certainly have liked to see more music from Robyn.
My favorite (and apparently, many others' as well) track is "Gehn's Theme". It is beautiful and haunting, the dark undertones of the music creating the perfect counterpoint to any of Gehn's appearances in the game. It is elegant, sophisticated and chilling and it is woven throughout the game purposefully to serve as a reminder of Gehn's dominance over the people of Riven.
Along with the occasional Myst-specific selections that come through, particularly with Atrus' music, this album is not only the perfect counterpoint to the game itself, it has a life beyond the computer. It is one of the best ambient and electronic albums I have heard.
I guard my copy carefully, since it is packaged in the early version of the more common paperboard cd cases that are becoming popular for DVDs among other things.
My copy is an original 1997 pressing and I have noticed does not mp3 extremely well. The best way to listen to this album is from the CD itself. And it is a worthwhile investment for anyone looking for something interesting and unique to listen to, regardless of if you're a game player or not. It should be in the collection of anyone who loves Yanni, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream or Art of Noise. (All of which I love)
It is a wonderful compliment to the entire Myst/Riven/Exile suite. If you've got Myst, Exile and now Uru, you must have Riven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riven - The Soundtrack
A most powerful soundtrack designed to inspire and continue the awesome Myst saga. The atmospheric sounds within act to empower the listener.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveted by Riven Music
The music on this CD is a beautifully-composed companion to the Myst soundtrack. I never got too far in the Riven game, but can't help but love these compositions. Excellent! Read more
Published 3 months ago by jsglowin
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient soundtrack worth putting on repeat.
Fantastically beautiful ambient score from a great gaming experience! Brings back good childhood memories, too. I use it for meditation and to just unwind after a long day.
Published 6 months ago by Joshua Lund
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ambient music for concentration and focus.
This is a wonderful soundtrack for keeping you company while writing or focusing on concentration-intensive tasks where words or big dynamic changes could be distracting. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott Valentine
5.0 out of 5 stars Best soundtrack ever!
Loved it when I first played the game, and I love listening to it now. It is very good music to work to :D
Published 11 months ago by Michael A Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice ambiant industrial music. <3
I liked it enough to buy the soundtrack, need I detail more? Its fascinating to hear what some one can do with a E-MU Proteus MPS Plus.
Published 13 months ago by Blackgnosis
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Ambient Mood Music
The most prominent feature of this album's offerings is the similarity in mood. Foreshadowing, maybe a bit gloomy in parts, but there are no real change-ups. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephen Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundtrack
I've played nearly every game in the Myst series and I enjoy the music to all of them. The music set to Riven, however, is far better than the music to the original Myst (I). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christian A. Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars Th ending has not yet been written...
The most enchanting music that I have heard from a great and classic computer game. Robyn Miller knows how to touch the soul with his captivating themes and scores.
Published 18 months ago by David J Pirkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense and atmospheric
You won't like it if you don't like very atmospheric music, but I think it's rather good for what it is. Read more
Published on March 12, 2010 by K
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