I love the original Myst
soundtrack, as many might know it was produced after deciding to include music, without being obtrusive, Robyn Miller one of the 2 dev brothers composed a soundtrack using one synthesizer.
He did a great soundtrack that is so calm and romantic.
Then he composed also the Riven
soundtrack which is almost like a logical progression, more complex and alien. Awesome synthesizer music combined with a few traditional instruments. But extremely un-obtrusive.
This is the kind of art doing the music right.
Then came Myst 3 Exile
, which has a much more strong soundtrack, much more synthesized, organic but also slightly unorthodox for the style of game.
Then came Myst IV
which has a full blown orchestra style soundtrack, even composed live.
The soundtrack is so powerful, it literally blows you away. It's like a epic, bombast Hollywood action piece.
It is so wrong, so wrong... It almost makes me laugh. That's what it did back then.
It's the literal kick in the balls for the Myst universe.
Listen to the last moment of the theme: bum-Bum-BubuBUM-BAM-ba-BAM-BAM-BABABAM!!!
It also combines some gipsy music and weird musical rituals Theres also some arab chanting. Those are people living in magic worlds, yes. But don't remind me of reality!Myst V
has a very good soundtrack, various themes, mystical and some weird missteps again. It even gives you a chance to think. There's some throat singing though, again. Don't remind me reality. The music when you drive down the great shaft. Pure epic war-drums. So what Am I playing again?
Ah, a game about poetical metaphors and magical far away worlds, there comes the bush man banging the war-drums and throating down my neck!
soundtrack is very good and I think it closed to a good foundation of an unique style.
But Myst IV remains a joke... it is epic, EPIC! but this is Myst.
Reading books and philosophy is not "epic", it is thoughtful and deep. not HARSH.
Myst IV is just a punch in the face.