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Memories of Infocom

by Tony Longworth

Welcome to Memories of Infocom, music inspired by classic Interactive Fiction. These pieces of music will transport you from ancient empires, to crime scenes, to outer space and beyond.
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1. Zork
4:15 $0.99
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2. Deadline
4:45 $0.99
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3. Starcross
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4. Enchanter
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5. Infidel
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6. Planetfall
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7. Suspended
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8. Cutthroats
4:45 $0.99
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9. A Mind Forever Voyaging
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10. Ballyhoo
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11. Hollywood Hijinx
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12. The Lurking Horror
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ABOUT THE GAMES
Back in the early 80s a small American software company by the name of Infocom came to prominance after releasing a game called Zork. It was a text adventure game with a powerful parser, and although not strictly the first ever computer adventure game, it was the first 'home' computer adventure game. Zork went on to sell over a million copies across several computer platforms.

Infocom went from strength to strength helped by a good marketing strategy, rich storytelling and amazing game packaging; they included what they liked to call 'feelies'. These were various items which appeared in the game itself like the pills found at the crime scene in Deadline or the circus ticket in Ballyhoo. As well as being a fun addition, a lot of these 'feelies' were vital in completing the games.

This album captures the magic of those heady days of Interactive Fiction, so sit back and let yourself be transported to the 80s when text was king.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Tony Longworth is an award winning British composer who has scored music for many independent movies including Jason Scott's text adventure documentary GET LAMP and Lorien Green's board game documentary GOING CARDBOARD.

Tony's love affair with Infocom started in the mid 80s when his best friend received the game Cutthroats as a Christmas present for his Atari 800. Tony vividly remembers seeing Cutthroats for the very first time on that fateful Winter's day and thinking "wow, this is like being a character in a book...a really good book".

It wasn't long before Tony started collecting his very own Infocom games. He began with something slightly easier in the form of Zork and was totally addicted from that moment on.

Tony's Infocom collection grew and grew over the years and even to this day he plays these wonderful games. His Infocom collection sits proudly on a shelf in his music studio. Writing this album gave him the perfect excuse to play his favourite games again, passing it off as serious research.

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Indy McDaniel

Tony Longworth captures the 80’s synth vibe like no other.
So here’s the thing. I’ve known Tony Longworth for a little while now. Dude’s been gracious enough to let me use his tunes in some of my ultra-low-budget shorts, so that makes me thankful. He even snagged a copy of my first novel, Black Melt, and left a pretty awesome review for it, so that makes me extra thankful. But this isn’t about any of that. I’m not writing a review for his new album, ‘Memories of Infocom’, cuz I feel obligated to. It’s not cuz I feel like I owe the guy for doing me a few solids over the years.

Well, sure, it is, but it’s not JUST about that. The reason why I’m writing this review is for the same reason I’ve stayed in touch with Mister Longworth since a mutual friend hooked us up. The dude writes killer tunes. It’s as simple as that. And if me cranking out a review can help him out in some small way, then I’m all for it.

‘Memories of Infocom’ could be best described, I think, as a theme album. Inspired by a series of interactive text adventures from the 80’s (released by the Infocom company), these tracks could work as both a soundtrack and as an homage to those games. Admittedly, I’ve never played any of the Infocom games (although, interestingly enough I do own one of the novels inspired by one of them), but I don’t think you need to be a fan of the Infocom games to be a fan of this album. The music conjures up enough imagery on its own that you don’t much need the backstory to help fill things in.

The whole album’s got a definite 80’s synth vibe which just works. Like how Ti West’s flick, ‘The House of the Devil’, captured a perfect 70’s Satanism flick vibe, ‘Memories of Infocom’ captures a perfect snapshot of what made the 80’s synth genre so unique. But (also like ‘The House of the Devil’), the album takes advantage of modern day technology to enhance the genre, make it feel at once both familiar and yet brand new.

A bit of Wikipedia research on Infocom does bring some enlightenment to the album as a whole. Each track seems inspired by one of Infocom’s many titles and this leads to my one and only gripe for Mister Tony Longworth regarding ‘Memories of Infocom’. Would it be too much to ask for a ‘Leather Goddesses of Phobos’ track? I can only imagine the crazy synth-jazz fusion that might have come out of that undertaking.

But enough about my attempts at tricking Tony Longworth into composing space-porno music. Just buy the album and enjoy the ride. Or you’ll have to answer to the Leather Goddesses of Phobos (those chicks don’t mess around).
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