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Alan Wake - Soundtrack Information
Video game soundtracks are slowly becoming both required and improved because of their rising importance in the zeitgeist of current game design trends. In Alan Wake, music plays a prominent role in adding both atmosphere and ambience to the game’s premise and thematic setting. With the thriller and horror overtones present throughout the game’s six episode long campaign, there is ample opportunity for both the Petri Alanko produced score and licensed soundtrack fodder to take prescience in lieu of the on-screen action. This article provides further details on the Alan Wake soundtrack as well as analysis on the in-game usage of both licensed and composed pieces of music.
Read on for information on the game's ambient enthused soundtrack, complete with track listings, critical analysis of it's musicianship and other details as well. While Alan Wake may not be renowned for it's score or the licensed tracks that feature during the end to each of the game's six episodes, it still provides a decent mix of scholastic horror themes and some ominous ambience, furthering the action and creating a better sense of both dread & tension.
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Specifics On The Soundtrack From Alan Wake
To differentiate from the licensed music and the original composed score of the game, Remedy Entertainment released an initial soundtrack from Alan Wake with eighteen of the Petri Alanko composed pieces. Their names are taken from the game, with titles such as “Deerfest”, “Mirror Peak”, “The Well-Lit Room” and “Welcome To Bright Falls” among the other tracks of the score. All eighteen share a similar theme and sound, with contemporary strings overlaying an amalgam of ominous ambient sounds. With over one hour of specifically composed music for the score to the game, there is plenty of left over material that players may not recognise or at least take notice of when playing the game.
Packaged into the limited edition of the game, players were privy to another version of the soundtrack, with a selection of ten tracks from both the normal Alan Wake soundtrack as well as songs not used or released on it. In addition to this, one of the primary licensed collaborators with both Remedy & in particular Alan Wake, Poets of The Fall and their track “The Poet and The Muse” makes an appearance on this limited soundtrack. While there may only be ten tracks on this limited edition (technically nine as there are two different versions of the track “Tom The Driver”) it still provides a decent accompaniment to the game’s action.
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Licensed Alan Wake Music
While these two separate Alan Wake soundtracks were available to players and fans of the game, there is a slew of licensed music that was placed in the game and used as a theme to each of the six episodes, drawing parallels to the presentation of Alan Wake as a TV series. This theme continues into the two DLC episodes for the game, with recently Left 4 Dead referenced Depeche Mode lending a song to The Writer. The aforementioned Poets of The Fall perform two of the end of episodes themes, while Roy Orbison and Nick Cave also make an appearance during the six episodes. Furthermore, the end credits are played out by David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.
While the soundtrack from Alan Wake may not necessarily compare to other horror-esque games such as Deadly Premonition (I use the term horror fairly loosely) or Silent Hill but the core elements of the genre are present in the music on offer. The rising quality of big-budget development cycles and by proxy the released game product has caused the soundtrack to lag behind in recent times. However, with the use of a known composer and some licensed songs -- like Final Fantasy XIII’s popular OST --, the Alan Wake soundtrack continues the trend of improved video game score quality.