For almost every video game fan, there’s a game that holds a special place in their heart and memory. It might be a game they played growing up, or an indie game that never received a lot of attention.
Sometimes a soundtrack release is advertised or planned but is later cancelled.
A number of games do in some form receive a soundtrack release. Sometimes a soundtrack release is advertised or planned but is later cancelled because their was not enough interest, or changing priorities at the game studio.
My most wanted unreleased video game soundtrack is for the 1995 PC and Mac game, The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time (Buy). The music was composed by the late Bob Stewart who passed away in 2017. I was fortunate enough to speak to the composer over the phone many years ago, and was able to personally thank him for his work on the music. At the time he told me that the soundtrack CD was never actually produced and that he no longer had a copy of the music in his possession.
The game also featured brief additional music by Geno Andrews.
The music in the game was interesting how it worked in the game. Each environment had its unique theme, but there was additional music ‘bumpers’ that triggered when the player moved or looked at specific areas within those environments. Bob Stewart wrote the in game music, the music for the game’s trailer, and bonus image gallery feature. The game also featured brief additional music by Geno Andrews who composed the music for the first game. In the sequel the player encounters a advertisement for a music album titled “Geno Andrews: A Fond Remembrance” with original songs, as a tribute and a funny in game joke.
If you purchased the game, enclosed in the box was a small flyer offering product merchandise for sale. I’ve included those images which show that a soundtrack was planned for release. In recent years Tommy Yune of Presto Studios has worked with composers Bob Stewart, Geno Andrews and Jamey Scott to release the music for the other games in the Journeyman Project series which you can purchase here.
I’ve spoken with Tommy Yune who reported that the original audio files for The Journeyman Project 2 are not currently available. The audio that was used in the games release was at a lower bitrate in order to save disk space at the time. He’s been working with former members of Presto Studios to see if they can locate it. I remain forever hopeful that someday the music can be officially released.
The audio that was used in the games release was at a lower bitrate.
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