So as I promised, this year has started with a BANG
(although a lot later than promised)
Been working on this from the start of the year, so yeah… took quite a while, and I wouldn’t have expected it to take more than a three weeks to finish.
Note to self: never make any more deadline promises on this site.
I don’t think this game needs any introduction, we’ve all played it and enjoyed it thoroughly (at least I know I did!). This game appears to have set the standard by which LucasArts’ sound team composed music, since all subsequent titles (Sam and Max: Hit the Road, MM: Day of the Tentacle, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis…). They all seem to have this jazz-infused funk sound to them, which I must add that it’s not at all in bad taste, just becomes a bit dull after a while.
This game is quite notorious for introducing iMuse, an interactive music system that generates music on the fly, changing instruments, or adding composite parts of a song depending on what actions you take in-game. While this might seem a nice idea, I kind of hate Michael Land for his initiative to make this system, since it made my job a lot harder 😛
Eventually they discontinued iMuse allegedly because the creators saw that people typically do not really notice much and that it was too much of a hassle (something I agree with them).
EDIT: As Mr. Eight-Three-One on YouTube points out, they haven’t really discontinued the iMuse system until the 00’s, but they didn’t use complicated “tricks” as they did in those older Lucas Arts adventure games (like Monkey Island 2, for instance).
So as I mentioned, it was quite difficult to work on this game, and I had to resort to various trickery to get the tracks to sound proper and clean (without SFX, no interferences, etc.). But that was no problem, since I can always take a challenge 😀
Unfortunately that also means that it would be quite impossible to record an “accurate” soundtrack of one port of this game that stays consistent with how the other ports sound. Like for example, the song that plays when inside LeChuck’s fortress has quite a lot of little bits of music that are added randomly to the main song/theme. So no matter what I do, I will not be able to make that song on the CM-32L port to sound the same as the Macintosh version (music arrangement-wise).
Also speaking of ports, I omitted the FM-Towns version, as it’s godawful, and would’ve took me another week to finish, so I thought it wasn’t worth it. Even just listening to the introduction music was enough to overfill my ears with a 1-year supply of out-of-tune merde.
But if you’d wish to listen to it regardless, write a post on VengefulChip’s subreddit, tweet me, or leave a comment on my videos 🙂
If enough people ask, I might get myself to do it.
So that’s about it, hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed working on it, and see you next time!
List of Ports and Downloads
Also, if you haven’t noticed, or aren’t following VengefulChip through the YouTube channel, Twitter, or the subreddit, I have posted the “lost soundtrack” of Lemmings
. Essentially just a collection of music from one of the demo disks of Lemmings. The mod files have been ripped by Mindless at lemmingsforums.net