Dune Sea was a great opportunity for me to return to my instrumental roots. I grew up surrounded by piano, fiddles, guitars and percussion and wanted to pull out those influences throughout this soundtrack. The 12 chapters moves through a few arcs:
1-2 are quiet guitars and strings, the sounds of the sand dunes.
3-5 moves into darker variations of guitars and strings and introduces dark pianos as the levels feel more solitary and alien.
6-8 introduces percussion and bass guitar; these tracks are the most intense, reflecting the exciting caves, volcanoes and salt flats.
9-10 brings the piano back with brighter tones and introduces woodwinds to herald the return of life and greenery in the levels. Finally, 11-12 includes all of these previous elements to finalize the journey. My official soundtrack includes some of the old music as well (The Dune Sea, Midnight Sea and Sunset Sea). While they do not appear in the game (other than a brief credits screen), they were an integral part to this 3-year compositional journey and I'm happy to share it with you.