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And the shifting of the landscape. There is always sand, or snow, blanketing everything. Likewise, a soft flowing string orchestra is always there, offering shifting ground cover for the solists' melodies.
Your character doesn't speak, and may encounter others, but the Journey isn't simply about the landscape; it's a journey of inner discovery, and you will experience in the visuals and the music loneliness, hope, despair, guilt, innocence, joy and maybe a little enlightenment too. Master solo work on cello, viola, serpent (deep woodwind), soft percussion, and from the voice of Lisbeth Scott help bring to the surface these moods.
Having played the game several times, I don't know that the soundtrack would make as much sense to someone who hasn't. But for me, listening brings back those haunting images and emotions and lets me experience again Journey's power, beauty and poignancy.
Prior to the score for Journey, Austin Wintory's name and musical works had totally eluded me. He's been highly praised for his mostly ambient-type musical score for the video game flOw, to which Journey has drawn some comparisons, but truly, I have to believe that Wintory's magnum opus thus far is indeed Journey. The video game is really an open-ended eponymous experience centered on a nameless character traveling towards a mountain for reasons unexplained. And like the game, Wintory's musical score teases and entices one's interest to the point of rabid obsession, but in my opinion, completely eclipses the game's content in favor of slack-jawed awe.
Early into opening tracks "Nascence" and "The Call," Wintory's musical and compositional gifts are easily evident. The foundation of the Journey score is rooted in cello (masterfully played by Tina Guo) and electronic ambient, and right from the start both are equally and effortlessly represented as the score begins with a heart-wrenching cello melody transitioning to gentle, brooding, electronic synth of the highest order.Read more ›
The music is phenomenal. There is not another musical score for any video game that amounts to Journey, and I'm divided in saying this because, even though i love many great scores, this one is just the best. In comparison with other video game scores, here's my conclusion. The Uncharted trilogy (mainly 2 & 3), the musical scores set the standard for all future adventure games. The Last of Us, it's musical score sets the standard for all action/horror games in the future. Mass Effect 3 set the standard for all future sci-fi related game scores. Now, with Journey, it doesn't set the standard for just a specific genre or style of game, but for all games. The way it conveys beauty with mystery is astonishing, and very prevalent in the track Temptations. But the one track that encompasses the full greatness of the score is track 17, Apotheosis. Clocking at a wee bit over 7 minutes, the track is both haunting and gorgeous, having a sort of hopeful feeling towards the end, as if the end of the journey is merely the beginning of another.
Recommended for anyone who listens to video game scores, movie scores, or someone who appreciates classical/instrumental music.
The instrumentation is perfect, the tone and time shifts are smooth, and in general Austin Wintory is a master of wringing the appropriate emotions from you at any given time.
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Relive the sounds of 2012's "Feels of the Year" Chirping Animal Simulator with this beautiful soundtrack. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Echo Lemming
The whole track is wonderful! I like listening to at work, where as my job's stressful this music helps me forget it. Like I'm exploring a desert land~Published 12 months ago by TimE
I usually don't buy CD's. I had to make this purchase though. What an absolutely superb OST. The music from this OST is part of the reason why Journey is such a such fantastic... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Thanks4ThePie
I'd heard from multiple sources that this game had excellent music. And indeed, it's more than that, it's terrific music. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Andrew D. Lossing
Bought this for my girlfriend because she loves the game and she loves the music. Great purchase if you love the game and its' music.Published 14 months ago by AGuyThatGames
If you haven't played the game, I'm not sure the soundtrack will translate as well as it does when you have. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matthew Jones
Great soundteack. Not amazing artwork included in CD booklet. No need to purchase physical.Published 21 months ago by Cris