When is a soundtrack not a soundtrack? When it's Wurm Online
, of course. This cult sandbox has one of the most unusual scores that I've ever heard paired with an MMO. It's made up of sparsely used incidental music that just so happens to be folksy blues songs (with lyrics), composed by Joss Sanglier
and performed by 21st Century Blues
. It's catchy, don't get me wrong, but it comes with a case of mental whiplash if you were expecting the typical fantasy fare. Think of it this way: All of these songs sound as if they were originally made for a steakhouse commercial.
, we don't play music constantly," explained
Lead Designer Rolf Jansson
. "Instead we play a song every now and then often based on the setting or a special event such as when you form a village. If you ever played the Lara Croft Tomb Raider
game, the rare music scores really enhanced special situations, and that's what I was aiming for as well."
To make matters more interesting, recently the Wurm Online
team has sponsored the creation of not one, not two, but three concept albums
that will be worked into the game itself. The first such album, Meditation and Work
, is now out and is quite good. While we're going to look at the "classic" Wurm
tunes today, I didn't want to overlook this new project. Perhaps we'll even get back to it some day!