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Monday, January 29, 2001

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Myst III: Behind the Screens
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The Cyan fan site Riven Unofficial Home Page was recently updated with a post about Presto's January installment of Myst III: Behind the Screens. This month's feature is dedicated to Exile's sound and music, speaking with Presto audio artists Jack Wall and Jamey Scott. They both discuss their part in this massive project, including details on their experience working with the designers and graphic artists to get the music and sounds just right. Presto has also recorded a full orchestral score for the game, not something many titles can claim to have. Here's more from Jack Wall:

What has been your favorite part of this project, so far?

I'd have to say the orchestral portion of the score. Working with Greg and Phil at Presto to make certain we eeked out every possible nuance of the backstory, working with my orchestrater, Steve Zuckerman and finally conducting the Northwest Sinfonia in Seattle were my favorite elements of that process. It's always been a goal of mine to bring the drama, quality and human-ness of orchestral music to video games.
That being said, the portion of the process I'm in now is also pretty exciting. I'm composing the final elements of music and tweaking all of the music in the game. It's very satisfying to finally hear the music and see how it's affecting the gameplay. I'm looking forward to finishing that process in the next several weeks.

Check out the rest of the interview with Wall and Scott for more on how they go about making the Exile ambiance live up to the previous titles Myst and Riven. At the end of the interview, there is also a downloadable sample of some of the game's sound effects in MP3 format, a must-download for those die-hard Myst fans. IMG has also posted a preview if you are interested in reading more about this title. Myst III: Exile is expected to be released for Mac and PC on April 9th.

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