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Rock Bottom [BUNDLE]
Rock Bottom [BUNDLE]
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Forest Journey $2.99
Average Rating:4.0 / 5
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Forest Journey
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/12/2010 03:26:09
Sitting here with snow on the ground this is very pleasant - it's definitely summertime in THIS forest. The opening is pastoral, with birds twittering amidst a chord-structure that indeed suggests trees, well-established, tall and straight, probably decicuous, sunlight filtering through the canopy...

It will be necessary to be careful about volume if this is to be used during a game - at my normal listening level it would intrude too much and be a distraction, although played more quietly it can be hard to distinguish the 'sounds of nature' - birdsong and even the odd frog croak - which take this work beyond a pleasant piece of music to a distinctly outdoors forest scene-setter.

One great advantage is that is is wholly-novel music, too often one gets distracted by hearing something you know, and end up thinking about the song rather than the game.

If you like background music, this could - played quietly! - provide a good background to peaceful meanderings through woodland. Perhaps lulling the players into the feeling that everything here is friendly... but is it? You'd need to stop the music if you decide something overtly hostile has arrived, though.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Forest Journey
Publisher: Sonic Legends
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/03/2010 20:45:36
Chirping birds and peaceful melodies characterize this audio track, which DMs could use play quite effectively under a period of rest, down time, or peaceful travel. The music by Erika Lieberman exudes a sense of warm calmness, perfect for a forest journey, just as the track name suggests. Around six to seven minutes in, the track turns just a trifle haunting or mysterious, but soon resolves itself to the main emotional themes. This is a good track to play if you want the players to feel safe, with nary a hint of danger anywhere around. As the product description says, this track really does loop remarkably well.

My big complaint about this track is technical: the track needs better ID3 tagging, and some album artwork. This complaint also applies to Erika Lieberman's other three tracks released at the same time: "Vampire Castle," "Desert Battle," and "Prosperous Tavern." See my individual reviews of those pieces for comments on their content. Sonic Legends needs to create a virtual, ever-expanding "album" for these tracks, and needs to provide appropriate ID3 tags. Of the four, only "Vampire Castle" came into my iTunes with the track name preserved as such, and with "Erika Lieberman" listed as the artist; all others ended up with the file name (complete with underscores) as the track name, with all other ID3 tags empty.

I also have one other reservation: this track is expensive compared to other MP3 products sold at DriveThruRPG and elsewhere. With comparable products running as low as $0.50, and with the iTunes Store and Amazon downloads conditioning customers to expect tracks that cost $0.99 or less apiece, you have to think twice before buying an MP3, even one as excellent as this, for $2.99.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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