Unseen Eclipse | Dungeon Conquest Soundtrack Volume One

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Dungeon Conquest Soundtrack Volume One

by Unseen Eclipse

An original compilation of video game music that strives to set a unique mood for every scene. A thematic and rich instrumental sound that is easy to listen to, whether you enjoy the nostalgic style of classic game music or are looking for something new.
Genre: Avant Garde: Computer Music
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1. Heroes Amid Darkness
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2. Menu Screens
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3. Town Phase
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4. Monster
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5. Searching
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6. Escape
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7. Exploration
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8. Evil
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9. Game Over
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10. Trial By Fire
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11. Through Cold and Dark
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12. Key to Victory
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13. Deciding Justice
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14. Interlude
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15. Credits
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Dungeon Conquest" is an independently produced video game created as a legacy to a small niche of role-playing boardgames. It emphasizes the rolling dice, turn-based exploration, and story-driven narrative pioneered in table-top games but combines them with a more complex yet faster-paced tactical combat system manageable by an electronic game. The graphics are intended to be simple and easy to take in, and this creates an excellent opportunity for the music, rather than the visuals, to engage the player. Similar to many of the best-loved role-playing video games created before the advent of 3D graphics, this soundtrack is written to be much more than just something to listen to in the background while playing. Each song is designed to draw the player's imagination toward an impression critical to the corresponding portion of the game. For example, the initially delicate but inevitably enveloping melody of "Through Cold and Dark" is inspired by the crisp, frozen halls of an abandoned mountaintop stronghold, while the more energetic and adverse "Trial By Fire" derives from the blistering heat of a cavern twisting its way through an active volcano -- both locations within the game. However, not every song is dictated by a physical environment: "Searching" emphasizes the quietly rising tension of the protagonists as they creep through trap-infested ruins, while "Monster" exhibits their frantic horror at being attacked by a seemingly insurmountable foe. This album represents the hope that you, the listener, can hear the dreams and emotions incorporated into this carefully crafted music (and perhaps even find some of your own), even should the game that inspired it never be perfected or published. So, thanks for listening!


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CB

A Glowing Display of Talent
Remember back in the day, when you would toil away hours playing an RPG, progressing through the story? There was always those moments when the music would kick in and you would get goosebumps, knowing that you were about to be on the receiving end of an ass kicking, plot twist, or other significant event. Each song in Dungeon Conquest is no exception to this feeling; every song sets an atmosphere that immerses you into a specific tone, ranging from happy-go-lucky, to battles that could easily decide the fate of millions. Each song has it's own vibe, and each one is, without exception, a well written piece, and would fit in place with any professional level game of today; in fact, in my honest opinion, these songs out-do alot of the generic half-assed songs that can be found in most underbaked RPGs on the market today. I've listened to a few of the songs multiple times, and the quality there is once again great. The tracks maintain a style that keeps true to the feel of a fantasy game, while at the same time adding some spice to the songs, so that the CD breathes with a life of it's own.

My only real gripe is, more likely than not, one that stems from personal tastes. There seemed to be a lack of variety in the instruments used for the different songs to me; while the beginning of each song varied greatly, eventually each track tended to fall back on the same (but good) violin and trumpet rhythmic style. The 6th and 8th tracks, for example, both had introductions that were both extremely catchy and interesting, but later, the song itself seemed to turn into something else entirely, instead of building off the atmosphere that the song's introduction set. In comparison to this, the 1st track, which is also happens to be my favorite song on the entire CD, does a very good job at transitioning from the beginning to the middle, flowing together into one theme that rings beautifully in your ears.

Other than this minor opinion, Dungeon Conquest is simply bleeding with raw talent and overall great music. The previews for the songs really don't do justice for illustrating just how good this CD really is; they catch only a small part of a song that builds up in moving strides, and I think that if you are into game music, this CD is well worth the purchase, especially since the total cost per song 2-4 minute song is not even a dollar. The musician himself is very talented, and if this is a reflection of even a fraction his abilities, I expect good things to come for him in the future.

Smotri

Varied and Evocative
Took the plunge and was pleasantly surprised at the variety of works and the excellent balance of instruments to be had in these works. The samples don't do the music justice in that one must hear the full piece to get a sense of the scene and ideas each brings to mind. My favorite included Menu Screens, Trial by Fire, and Through Cold and Dark. Worth checking out!

Selroth

Hits the roots of the best video game music!
This album really capitalizes on music that deserves a story and environment to it. The melodies are simple, yet powerful, and project a strong image in my mind. I highly recommend this music to anyone who has an appreciation for the classic role-playing games we enjoyed in our youth.

SanD

Engaging and Complex
Each track is beautifully composed and evokes a certain mood or emotion. The arrangements are much more detailed than I was expecting for "video game music", and stand on their own as individual pieces. A fantastic album that should appeal to a wide audience.