Myst
Robyn Miller

  • Original Score Composed by: Robyn Miller
  • Label: Cyan
  • Online Ordering Options: Amazon.com

Review

Myst is still the biggest selling computer game of all time, and only came a very respectable second in last year's count for the number of units sold -- it was beaten by its sequel, Riven. Even after five years it sells well not only for its superb graphics, but more importantly the atmospheric setting -- rivalled only by Riven. The music was produced, composed and performed by one-half of the Miller brothers: Robyn Miller.

Robyn Miller stated that he didn't want any music in Myst because he thought that it would make the game degenerate into a version of the Mario Brothers. I am certainly glad he decided to put music in, because 50% of the Myst experience comes from the music. Eerie, atmospheric and very, very good.

Unlike Riven, the music in Myst is really only a background to set the scene, rather than being an integrable part of it. Though it does contain a number of themes, it is a lot simpler and less mature than the music of its sequel. However, there is much to like about the music, not only because it is the original. For anyone requiring pieces of eerie, strange music Myst and Riven are your best sources. For strange alien buildings; ancient ruins of civilisations long dead; fairies, goblins and elves would all appreciate a dose of the good stuff to introduce them.

Once again, an excellent buy.

Track Listing and Notes

    Myst Island

  1. Myst Theme (1:31) - opening
  2. Treegate (2:00) - exploration
  3. Planetarium (1:38) - magical
  4. Shipgate (1:27) - strange
  5. The Tower (1:43) - discovery
  6. The Last Message (Forechamber Theme) (2:38) - sad
  7. Mechanical Age

  8. Fortress Ambience Part I (0:39) - danger
  9. Fortress Ambience Part II (0:49) - search
  10. Mechanical Mystgate (2:00) - exploration
  11. Sirrus's Cache (1:41) - sad
  12. Sirrus's Theme - Mechanical Age (1:35) - discovery
  13. Achenar's Cache (1:43) - tension
  14. Achenar's Theme - Mechanical Age (2:11) - tension
  15. Stoneship Age

  16. Compass Rose (1:27) - arrival
  17. Above Stoneship (Telescope Theme) (1:29) - exploration
  18. Sirrus's Theme - Stoneship Age (1:25) - exploration
  19. Achenar's Theme - Stoneship Age (1:39) - eerie
  20. Selentic Age

  21. Selentic Mystgate (1:41) - strange
  22. Channelwood Age

  23. The Temple of Achenar (1:34) - eerie
  24. Sirrus's Theme - Channelwood Age (1:31) - exploration
  25. Achenar's Theme - Channelwood Age (2:07) - exploration
  26. Finale

  27. Un-finale (1:56) - longing
  28. Finale (1:33) - ending
  29. Bonus Tracks

  30. Fireplace Theme (0:43) - danger
  31. Early Selentic Mystgate (1:16) - court music
  32. Original Un-finale (1:27) - sad

Total Running Time: 41:36


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