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Something Svenskt This Way Comes…

September 21, 2009
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A little light listening music today.

Here’s a preview of “Byssan Lull”, the music from Lucidity‘s main menu.  More about it later, but for now click the link below to listen:

Listen to Byssan Lull

Let’s see how this goes.  Hopefully people dig listening to tracks here.  I have some other stuff I’m wanting to share with everyone – and not just from Lucidity.  So stay tuned…

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen S. permalink
    September 21, 2009 1:12 pm

    Oooh, kinda creepy.
    I look forward to seeing more!

  2. September 21, 2009 1:33 pm

    Being Swedish, I think it’s awesome that this song is in the game, which I am very excited to play. Can’t imagine how exotic the song might sound to americans. 😀

  3. Kim permalink
    September 21, 2009 1:34 pm

    Nice, soothing music. A bit too passive for normal listening for me, but it will probably work well in Lucidity. I did find the “crackling” in the background somewhat distracting to the soothing experience though, intentional?

    Btw: good choice of music to adapt. The lyrics fit well to the theme of Lucidity.

  4. David permalink
    September 21, 2009 1:49 pm

    Hey Kim,

    I’ll let Jesse weigh in here but regarding the crackling effect, I remember that was intentional and was layered in by Jesse to give it that old time feel, as though being played on a gramophone.

    I’m a vinyl junkie myself and there’s something soothing about the crackle of old vinyl that gives music an extra warmth!

  5. Jared permalink
    September 21, 2009 1:54 pm

    I really like it. A very eerie, but soothing song. I ❤ the crackling. Gives it a more natural feel, like I just put this on my record player for a nice listening session while i read a book. I can't wait to hear more.

  6. September 21, 2009 2:02 pm

    Oh that is QUITE nice.

  7. Kim permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:07 pm

    Hey David,

    I pretty much figured the crackling was intentional, just wondered why it’s there. To me the volume of the crackling seems a little bit over the top, unless it’s there to prevent the music from becoming too soothing. I do see that others have different views though, so it might be because I’m used to a clean sound.

    Oh, and don’t misunderstand me: I think this music is great. I’m just curious as to why it sounds like it does.

  8. Jesse permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:36 pm

    Hey, Kim –

    The vinyl crackle comes from some conversations that David and I had early on in the development of Lucidity. There’s a sense that the crackle gives of “age” to a track, that you’re not listening to the original or not listening to it being performed at that moment.

    For me, the crackle also felt a bit like the crackle of a fireplace, something that Sofi might have at her Grandmother’s house. When I think of it as a fireplace crackle, I love the dichotomy it has with the cold gusts of wind that are also in the track.

  9. ryan permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:54 pm

    For what it’s worth, I’ll wade into the crackle-debate! 🙂

    I think that record crackle is probably something that definitely has a relaxing effect on me. But I think that it probably shows my age. My sister, 12 years younger than me, grew up in the CD/iPod age. I grew up in the tail end of the vinyl era. As such, my house was filled with vinyl. We didn’t get a CD player until I was 10.

    The reason it’s relaxing is something that can only be understood if you’ve laid on the floor listening to a record that lulled you into a state of relaxation so long that the record ends and goes into the locked groove at the end. You just hear a loop of crackle over and over for as long as you lay there in a cozy endorphin puddle.

    I would think that people who’ve had a similar experience associate the sound with relaxation even though it’s objectively a harsh crackle sound. Sorta like how the smell of coffee can pep up a coffee drinker even though objectively it smells kinda horrible (that is, until you’ve acquired the taste and love of it).

    Wow who knew I had so much to say about crackle!?! Nice track. Like it.

  10. AlfredJ permalink
    September 21, 2009 2:58 pm

    Wow, awesome music. Very eerie, but at the same time very warm. I love all the little extra effects like the crackling and the wind. I hope we’ll get to hear more soon!

  11. September 21, 2009 4:02 pm

    Wow! Cool song although a bit sad. I have a Swedish friend (not a cook though), and will ask him to translate the lyrics.

    BTW is there any chance to modify my rating? Rating in the iPhone is not as precise as I’d expected.

    • Jesse permalink
      September 21, 2009 5:40 pm

      Actually, both the lyrics and a little behind-the-scenes action on the track will be coming your way in the near future.

  12. Gabriel permalink
    September 22, 2009 12:10 am

    Also from Sweden, and I must say I love this version very cool to use it in a game.

    I´m not going to reveal the lyrics, I will leave that to you guys. Now I´m really looking forward to this game.

  13. September 22, 2009 7:11 am

    Swedish lullaby goes creepy goth. Freakin’ awesome.

    /swedish guy

  14. September 22, 2009 9:54 am

    Excellent! Will the full track be downloadable at some point?

    • Jesse permalink
      September 22, 2009 10:31 am

      Well, this is the full track. If you right-click on the link that reads “Listen to Byssan Lull”, you can select “Save Link As…” and save it to your computer.

  15. September 22, 2009 11:00 am

    Great track! I am really digging the look and feel to Lucidity – can’t wait to actually play it. Any plans to release a soundtrack for the game (either for free, or for sale via iTunes)?

  16. Diego permalink
    September 23, 2009 5:40 am

    I LOVE it. Very distinctive. Would actually purchase a full album of swedish lullabies in this vein, eerie sound effects and all. 🙂

  17. Adam permalink
    September 23, 2009 5:43 am

    Wonderful version of a great swedish lullaby. Care to share the name of the singer?

    • September 23, 2009 8:32 am

      It’s in the next post.
      https://lucasartsworkshop.wordpress.com/2009/09/22/say-what/

      • Adam permalink
        September 23, 2009 12:34 pm

        My appreciations.

  18. Hybrid permalink
    September 28, 2009 5:51 pm

    I love this song. It’s on repeat right now and I must’ve heard it 20+ times, but every time it’s just as great. Thanks for releasing it for free.

  19. Jesse permalink
    September 29, 2009 10:41 am

    Thanks, Hybrid. Glad you’re enjoying it. So far, the response from everyone has been really warm. I’m glad everyone is so open to listening to a great Swedish tune even if they may not understand the lyrics. : )

  20. Raphael Essoo-Snowdon permalink
    October 8, 2009 9:16 pm

    Would love to see a soundtrack for the game released. Just finished Lucidity and it was just what I needed at the moment, short, sweet and enough fantasy to keep a smile on my face 🙂

    • Romeo permalink
      October 12, 2009 2:15 pm

      Any news on a soundtrack? Very soothing music.

  21. December 28, 2009 12:32 pm

    I would like to download the whole Soundtrack is there link for that? or will you plan to sell it or anything… I want it no matter the cost =)

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