Every good gamemaster knows how valuable background music
can be to their game. Whether to help introduce a new character,
underscore travel and exploration, or add excitement to battles,
music can be a powerful tool for enhancing the gaming experience.
Dronolan's Tower was established in order to bring new and
interesting music to enhance gamers' experiences...
of Kitholan: Vol 1 - Tales of the Long Forgotten is the
first of what hopefully will be a long line of original soundtracks
aimed at gamers who are looking for new and interesting mood
David Allen Young isn't simply scoring music to cash in on
a niche market. The guy is writing for an area that he is
passionately involved with. The result is a lovingly crafted
score into which he has poured his heart.
how do I sing his praises without sounding like I'm slating
the market this CD was written for? It's going to be hard,
but to be honest because of how the CD is marketed, a lot
of soundtrack collectors will be put off this release. It
stands to reason that if you don't move in those circles that
you'll probably never even discover this soundtrack. And,
if you should accidentally chance upon it, you'll probably
avoid it like the plague because you don't want to be associated
with those oddballs that sit in a candlelit basement pretending
to fight dragons. Such is the stigma wrongly attached to the
hard-core gaming population.
sad, because this CD is a great accompaniment to any fantasy
role-play game, including Runescape and similar variants.
It's also great as general background music when you are playing
console games too. There is such a variety of tracks included
here, that I think it's safe to say that no gaming scenario
has been left out. Whether it's battles, exploration, triumphant
conclusions, inspirational themes or general mood music, this
CD has it all.
what about the actually recording of the music? There's no
messing around here. If you're expecting an old Cubase mix
filled with synthesised instruments (the ones you've heard
a million times on hundreds of other projects) then you'll
be pleasantly surprised to learn that Young doesn't try and
fob you off with a half-hearted CD. Showing a true dedication
to his art, he's hired a proper Hollywood studio orchestra
and choir to record the music. The end result speaks for itself.
There's are tracks for every aspect of gaming on here and
none of the tracks sound alike - which can happen all to often
when composers have a style they like to follow.
presentation is well above the norm too. The CD sleeve uses
materials that would put most movie soundtrack releases to
shame - expensive, thick, glossy paper stock with an impressive
work of art on the cover.
all we need is for someone in the movie industry to pick up
on Young's talents, and we'll have another great movie composer
working in Hollywood.
don't just take my word for it. Pop over to www.dronolan.com
to sample some of the wonders that await you on this CD that
all gamers should add to their collections.
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