It's a well-known fact that the ghost of Tabula Rasa
haunts the Massively offices. I think it's because Shawn keeps feeding it ectopellets because he's not quite ready to let his beloved MMO go. The ghost is driving the rest of us crazy because it's constantly switching the labels on our lunchboxes and whistling the Tabula Rasa
theme through the air ducts while we're trying to get honest work done.
So while the MMO no longer exists outside of a few forlorn collector's editions picking up dust on store shelves
, the music persists. Tabula Rasa
boasted a strong score thanks to the work of Tracy W. Bush
. Bush is a name you should know when it comes to MMO soundtracks: He had a huge hand in the World of Warcraft score
and contributed to several NCsoft
titles (which are all dead, but that's probably not his fault). [Edit: Several readers wrote in to let me know that Curse Mackey, Stacie Cline, Chris Vrenna, and Clint Walsh also contributed to the score. Thanks!]
I find that sci-fi MMOs, particularly shooter-based ones, tend to elicit heavier tracks and more synth work than orchestral, and they are sometimes relentlessly grim. All of the above certainly can be applied to Tabula Rasa
, up to and including its final surprising track.