American McGee's Alice Original Music Score

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Composed by Chris Vrenna
Arranged by Chris Vrenna / Peter Reardon
Published by Six Degrees Records
Catalog number 657036 1060-2
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 20 Tracks
Release date September 18, 2000
Duration 01:13:52
Genres Ambient / Ambient: Electronic / Electronica / Electronica: Abstract / Electronica: Experimental
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Overview

American McGee's Alice is a horror game set in an alternative universe based on Alice in Wonderland. Chris Vrenna of Nine-Inch Nails fame handled its soundtrack and shaped it up to be as twisted as the game itself. Instead of using synthesizers or electric guitars, Vrenna chose to do his music in the most unusual fashion. He had spent several months on eBay buying musical and mechanical toys which would be the main soundscape of the soundtrack. Xylophones, clocks, bells, a cuckoo clock, and more are what brings his melodies to life... and yet he managed to give the music an evil/sinister/twisted flair to it with such an odd choice of instruments.

Body

The first track that really made an impact for me was "Village of the Doomed". The odd soundscape — featuring sound effects, strings, eerie voice samples, and even a ticking clock in the background — all work as a whole to plunge the listener in the diabolical rendition of Wonderland. A slightly sinister and unsettling aura simply makes this track stand out for me. It gets even more interesting with "Wonderland Woods". While the xylophone, toy crank, and strings make up the melody, some "thumping" effect keeps on showing here and there, which adds to the general sinister feel of the track. It's easy to imagine yourself in such a hellish place with this sort of theme.

"Time to Die" helps to really embellish the scenario of the game. The melody itself almost sounds childish, yet retains the feel of horror, while the unusual instrumentation and creaking effects add to the haunting atmosphere. The Centipede" meanwhile sounds like a boss theme, but instead of being a pumped up battle theme, it's very subtle. It starts off by a ticking clock, and a repetitive, yet entrancing melody is played out. At times, you'll hear Alice literally crying, which adds more effect to the track.

The last track I'm going to describe is "Flying on the Wings of Steam". The vocal samples create a feel of despair while the xylophone helps in bringing a slight sense of mischief to the theme. The violin returns once more and augments the feel of despair. Overall, an excellent piece of music that still brings out the theme of madness which is presented throughout the entire soundtrack. Note that there is also an inspired remix at the end of the soundtrack of this piece.

Summary

In my opinion, the entire soundtrack is nothing short of a work of genius. While not exactly as unsetting as the Silent Hill soundtracks, it still ranks as one of the more experimental horror game soundtracks released as of late. We can only hope Chris Vrenna will return for the upcoming sequel. In my opinion, it's definitely worth buying from Amazon; you really can't go wrong with this unless you absolutely hate scary or experimental music.



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Luc Nadeau

Track 20 was remixed by Peter Reardon

CD was made by following people:

Peter Reardon (Producer)
Peter Reardon (Remixing)
Chris Vrenna (Arranger)
Chris Vrenna (Composer)
Chris Vrenna (Producer)
Chris Vrenna (Engineer)
Chris Vrenna (Mixing)
Mark Blasquez (Writer)
Jeff Antebi (Management)
Tom Baker (Mastering)

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Album was composed by Chris Vrenna and was released on September 18, 2000. Soundtrack consists of tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Six Degrees Records.

Sounds like Ambient, Electronica - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
Falling Down the Rabbit Hole
Chris Vrenna
01:20
2
Village of the Doomed
Chris Vrenna
03:35
3
Fortress of Doors
Chris Vrenna
03:51
4
Fire and Brimstone
Chris Vrenna
03:46
5
Wonderland Woods
Chris Vrenna
03:59
6
The Funhouse
Chris Vrenna
03:38
7
Skool Daze
Chris Vrenna
04:10
8
Time to Die
Chris Vrenna
03:55
9
I'm Not Edible
Chris Vrenna
03:09
10
Taking Tea in Dreamland
Chris Vrenna
03:44
11
Fungiferous Flora
Chris Vrenna
03:35
12
Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum
Chris Vrenna
03:46
13
The Centipede
Chris Vrenna
03:31
14
Pandemonium
Chris Vrenna
03:55
15
Flying on the Wings of Steam
Chris Vrenna
04:35
16
Late to the Jabberwocky
Chris Vrenna
03:17
17
Pool of Tears
Chris Vrenna
04:08
18
Battle with the Red Queen
Chris Vrenna
04:11
19
A Happy Ending
Chris Vrenna
03:44
20
Flying on the Wings of Steam (remix)
Peter Reardon
04:03
18 июля, 11:38
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