Putting the finishing touches on Fat Man today. The soundtrack is almost complete!
Freedom… boy, this one was difficult. I went through at least 2 complete overhauls before landing on this version. I hate to say it, but the original version of Freedom was never one of my favorites and that was never more clear to me than during the process of creating the remake. The issue really stems from the sequence of notes that comprise the main theme. It’s too chromatic for me to get into, so I eliminated a few notes to give it a bit more of a groove. I relied heavily on beats and drums as well, and had to rely on my old stand-by, circuit dialog. In the end, I’m happy with the way it turned out. I hope that you will find it very much in the spirit of the original song but with a similar flavor to the rest of my soundtrack remakes.
And with that… I’m on to Fat Man, my last remake, which will complete the soundtrack. I’m very excited.
A minimal re-design on this one. This song always felt like more of sketch to me, and it really serves as a great intro or prelude to New Pacific (Reprise). I ditched some of the more alien sounds, similar to what I did for Reprise. I’m looking forward to working on the next 2 songs, Fat Man and Freedom. Not sure in which order I’ll work on them but I suspect Freedom is next.
Thanks to the hard work of Hamish Sinclair over at marathon.bungie.org/story, the original Marathon soundtrack is now available for download. You can find it at his website, or hosted on the downloads page on my website. In either case, this is something I have been wanting for a long time! Since the original soundtrack used Apple’s MIDI instrument set, when the MIDI instrument set changed due to a QuickTime update in 1998 so did the Marathon soundtrack for anyone who played it after the update. In fact, if you hadn’t already exported the music (and who would have?) before you updated your Quicktime installation, it was very difficult to hear the music the way it was intended ever again. Until now! Several versions of the files are available for download, and for the curious, I have left the post-Quicktime 3.0 update files up on my website in case anyone wants to compare.
You can download and listen at themarathonmusic.com