I wished for you and other composers, Matt
, that makers of games & sims realised more, how much the music
can add to the "appearance" of the whole project; with how much emotion the score "spices the soup"!
The good music of the first S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - "Shadow of Cernobyl" - made the difference IMHO
between a good game (2nd and 3rd parts), and a GREAT game with the full rich environment.
(For the second part, composer MooseE wanted some more money, and the makers decided
to ask someone else. Bad mistake IMHO.)
I never switched the music off, like I sometimes do in other games.
It was for me like the first picture and music in "2001 - A Space Odyssee" - I would never watch that film
without watching it with the first scene with that famous line-up of earth, moon and the sun,
made so overwhelming by Strauss' overture for "Also sprach Zarathustra". What an impact!
The music score for "Over Flanders Fields" will remain planted in my musical memory for the rest of my life.
It was always the opener for my simming sessions; it got me immersed into this world immediately, like a time machine.
And I'm choosy with music...