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The Adventurer's Logbook (2019) [link to Bandcamp page]

The Adventurer's Logbook is a full-scale, 2-disc JRPG soundtrack pastiche built largely from retro game sounds. It's themed around twelve different areas for the player (listener) to explore, each with their own level theme, town theme, battle theme, character theme, and auxiliary theme, such as a sublevel or shop. Each area is designed to have its own motifs, instrumentation, style and general feel. The twelve areas are, in order: plains, river, desert, forest, volcano, snow, clouds, jungle, sea, cliffs, tower, and mines. Think of them as twelve movements of a larger work.

I've wanted to write a JRPG soundtrack basically since I started composing 17 years ago, so I took about nine months to work extensively on this project. From the outset I wanted to reimagine a bunch of my older (pre-college, up to 2009) material in ways that reflected the JRPG theme; I felt I could rework old ideas from before I "knew what I was doing" (ha!) into much higher quality tunes. And guess what? About half of these tracks reference old works of mine and turned out great.

I have included 12 sample tracks here on my website—one from each area. You can hear the rest on Bandcamp! (It's pay what you want!)

What will you discover hiding in the pages of this seasoned adventurer's journal?

Released September 1st, 2019. Album cover art by Grace Kroll

DISC ONE

01 - Overture (Opening Sequence) (5:03)

02 - Main Menu (0:52)

I. Plains

03 - Parasol Steppe (3:11)

04 - Nomadic Encampment (2:28)

05 - Punchup on the Plains (3:02)

06 - Sundrym'n Shuffle (2:47)

07 - The Protagonist's Theme (2:05)

08 - World Map (1:16)

II. River

09 - Sacred River (2:33)

10 - At Water's Edge (1:49)

11 - Rumble by the River (1:50)

12 - Hidden Cascades (2:18)

13 - The Orphan from the Riverbank (2:44)

III. Desert

14 - Striding Across the Sand (1:58)

15 - Oasis Outpost (2:21)

16 - Dueling on the Dunes (2:31)

17 - Cavernous Depths (1:57)

18 - A Knight's Promise (1:28)

19 - Boss Battle 1 (2:35)

20 - Victory Theme (0:40)

IV. Forest

21 - Dryad's Lament (2:12)

22 - Idylls of the Wood (2;12)

23 - Fracas in the Forest (2:38)

24 - The Neglected Mansion (2:25)

25 - Waltz for the Haunted (1:59)

V. Volcano

26 - Staying Cool on the Molten Ascent (2:05)

27 - A Den of Bandits (2:05)

28 - Violence on the Volcano (2:45)

29 - Jackie's Bar (The Gold Mouthpiece) (2:30)

30 - Crisis! (1:06)

31 - Tango for a Dashing Villain (2:32)

VI. Snow

32 - The Snowfields (2:22)

33 - Frigid Commune (1:50)

34 - Scuffle in the Snow (1:56)

35 - Respite (1:54)

36 - The Moonlit Cathedral (1:39)

Total Time - (1:19:57)

DISC TWO

VII. Clouds

37 - Flotation Device (2:15)

38 - Sky Metropolis (1:47)

39 - Combat in the Clouds (2:14)

40 - Take a Rest (0:19)

41 - Cloud City Commerce (1:25)

42 - String Quartet for the Princess (1:22)

VIII. Jungle

43 - Jungle Canopy (2:16)

44 - Treetop Tribe (1:36)

45 - Ruckus in the Rainforest (2:10)

46 - Mist-Shrouded Temple (3:09)

47 - Fugue no.1, for an Unlikely Comrade (1:22)

48 - Boss Battle 2 (Story Battle) 2:37)

IX. Sea

49 - Voyage by Ship (2:27)

50 - Charting Eights (2:15)

51 - Skirmish at Sea (2:18)

52 - Game Over (0:32)

53 - Sailing Nine (2:14)

54 - The Pirate's Shanty (1:54)

X. Cliffs

55 - Highland Crags (2:38)

56 - Mountain Hamlet (1:47)

57 - Clash on the Cliffs (2:45)

58 - Earthen Sanctuary (2:18)

59 - Fugue no.2, for the Turncoat (1:10)

XI. Tower

60 - The Windswept Tower (3:00)

61 - Foothold Village (1:58)

62 - Tussle in the Tower (2:07)

63 - Obelisk of Wind (2:03)

64 - The Archmage Hermit (2:18)

XII. Mines

65 - Gem Mines (2:20)

66 - Miners' Hollow (1:54)

67 - Melee in the Mines (2:00)

68 - Shrine of Embers (2:53)

69 - Diary of a Mad Apothecary (2:05)

70 - Main Theme (Piano Ver.) (1:35)

71 - Final Battle (3:00)

72 - Ending Sequence (7:18)

Total Time - (1:19:41)

Total Album Time (2:39:39)

All works, unless otherwise noted, are copyright © 2004-2019 by Hunter Van Brocklin.