And today, we will be listening to . . .
"Atonement" from Journey
Composed by Austin Wintory
Now, if you have never heard of Journey before, it's a short indie game where you are simply a robed person who must reach the summit of a mountain. There is no dialogue; you piece the story together via cutscenes and what you learn from the gameplay. You may or may not meet up with a fellow player to travel with. It's very different from a lot of video games out there.
One of the most important aspects of the game is its score. The music changes as you interact with objects in the game, as if it was being recorded just for you. There was even a concert tour once where people got to play the game while the orchestra performed the music live.
This song is one of my favorites from the game. In fact, the whole album is so awesome and relaxing. Whenever I take a nap (which really isn't all that often), the Journey soundtrack is one of the first that I pull out. I've fallen asleep to it numerous times. It's easy to see how it was nominated for Grammy Aware for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
What's also cool about it is that the track titles, and therefore the game, reference the hero's journey. I think the game is probably very symbolic and open to interpretation. I really wish I could play it, but unfortunately, it's only available for the PS3. So if you happen to have one, you might want to check this game out.
Did you guys enjoy the song? Do you think this is a soundtrack you'd be interested in? Do you have any go-to music for falling asleep?