The Raven -Legacy of a Master Thief- Soundtrack

theraven Album Title:
The Raven -Legacy of a Master Thief- Soundtrack
Record Label:
Nordic Games
Catalog No.:
N/A
Release Date:
July 23, 2013
Purchase:
Download at Steam

Overview

Who would have thought that one of 2013’s best orchestral Western game scores springs out of a rather low-key, episodic adventure game? Written and orchestrated by Dynamedion’s Benny Oschmann (The Book of Unwritten Tales, Jack Keane), The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief features a 24-minute orchestral score that is well worth your time.

Body

The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief soundtrack belies its humble origins and weaves its spell straight from the beginning of opening track “The Raven Main Theme”, as a romantic, elegant solo violin melody presents the score’s main theme. The lyrical melody is cleverly reprised throughout the score in various guises.

While Oschmann handles subdued tracks accompanying clue gathering and action material with equal aplomb, what’s most remarkable about Raven is how it evokes its 1960s setting. Oschmann manages to write a number of wonderfully old-fashioned string and woodwind melodies that are sentimental in the best possible way, recalling French film music greats of the 1960s such as Francis Lai and Georges Delerue on delightfully nostalgic tracks like “Adventure in the Alps” and “Sunny Day on the Open Sea”.

Benefiting from his experiences with Dynamedion, Benny Oschmann takes the opportunity to record the entire soundtrack with the Brandenburg State Orchestra of Frankfurt. The classically-inspired performance complements Oschmann’s compositions and perfectly captures the period feel of the Agatha Christie-inspired title.

Summary

Benny Oschmann crafts a fully-fledged, luxurious orchestral score that feels far bigger than its rather brief running time suggests. The digital soundtrack is available with The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief Digital Deluxe Edition for 30 USD on Steam.

The Raven -Legacy of a Master Thief- Soundtrack Simon Elchlepp

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Posted on September 26, 2014 by Simon Elchlepp. Last modified on September 28, 2014.

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A former German film student now living in Melbourne, Australia and working at the University of Melbourne's Architecture faculty - and a passionate music lover with an eclectic taste. Specialising in Western game music, I'm here to dig out the best scores Western video games have produced in the last thirty years.



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