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The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time Expanded Soundtrack (Review)

The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time Expanded Soundtrack (Review)

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Released in January 2015, the expanded soundtrack to the Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time adds 10 new tracks pulled from the archives of Presto Studios and offers a complete presentation of the music featured in the award winning game. This release follows the release of the soundtrack to the Journeyman Project: Pegasus Prime and offers a superior listening experience on a reasonably priced CD.

The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time was the last game in the Journeyman Project Trilogy originally released to critical acclaim in 1998, and is available on gog.com.  The original soundtrack for the game contained 21 tracks spanning 55 minutes of music, and has long been out of print. The music was composed by Jamey Scott, who has composed the music for the games Star Trek: Hidden Evil, Daxter and has an extensive work history as a sound designer on several projects including nine episodes of Marvel’s Agent’s of Shield.

The Facebook page for The Journeyman Project provided updates on the effort to expand the soundtrack and sourced all of the new tracks for the expanded release from the original audio source backups from the late 90’s. The result added 10 additional tracks and roughly six minutes of playtime which has resulted in a complete presentation of all the music featured in the game. The new tracks include the music used for the game trailer, music that plays when initially jumping and returning to time destinations,  additional environments and scenes not present on the original CD.

The music itself has a very different sound from the previous games in the trilogy, a more updated synth and symphonic tone. The best tracks are the tracks written for each of the main environments featured in the game: Atlantis, El Dorado, and Shangri-la. It is clear that composer Jamey Scott was inspired by the similar style of soundtrack provided by Bob Stewart in the Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time. These tracks are a combination of natural sounds and rhythms. The Shangri-la track also features so excellent sound of chanting Tibetan monks. If you’ve experienced the fourth disc of Jeremy Soule’s Skyrim soundtrack: Atmospheres you will appreciate a lot of this album. What I really liked on the soundtrack is the inclusion of the track 1 “Presto Studios fanfare, as studio fanfares are seldom included on game score releases. Track 30 “Gage’s Theme” which was present on the original release is a solid heroic theme that has excellent use of percussion and horns.  Track 31 the final track “Arthur’s Theme” is a hilarious track performed by Matt Weinhold, who played the Artificial Intelligence who accompanies the player throughout the game.

My favourite of the new included tracks is track 8 – “Daughton’s Lab” although less than a minute contains an initial sound of machinery, and kicks into an urgent theme that plays in the game when the new Chameleon Jumpsuit is first revealed.

If you missed out on the chance like I did to own the original version, you now have the opportunity to purchase the best version. If you enjoyed the Pegasus Prime soundtrack or played the game this is a must buy. If you enjoy atmospheric sound you should also make room for this CD in your collection. The soundtrack is available from the Journeyman Project Store for $9.95 plus shipping.

I will continue to watch the Journeyman Project‘s Facebook page for any news on the release of the soundtrack for The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time composed by Bob Stewart. I for one, want to complete this trilogy of classic PC game music.

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