The game's musical score composer is Simon Poole. Simon still works for Funcom also, so it wasn't easy for him to find the time for RTG and Dreamfall Chapters. Poole isn't a stranger to the Longest Journey universe – in 2006, he had contributed three tracks to the Dreamfall Soundtrack (one of which was published under his online name, "slipperhero"). He has been with the Chapters project from very early on, having created music specifically for the 2013 teaser trailer already.
Chapters' music features vocals by Ingvild Hasund, Simon's wife ("A Song for Kian"). Just like Simon, Ingvild has Dreamfall history, having performed the title Rush of the respective soundtrack in 2006. Chapters' Book 1 opens with the vocals of Ingvild and Simon's daughter Selma ("Prologue").
In February 2015, Poole's soundtrack for Dreamfall Chapters Book 1: Reborn received a nomination in the category "Best Original Composition/Gaming" by Music+Sound Awards UK (eventual winner was the E3 trailer music for 'Valiant Hearts').
Book 1: Reborn Soundtrack
The soundtrack for Book 1 was released on November 3rd, 2014 to all backers starting with a pledge level of 25$ and up. It is also available to all owners of the Dreamfall Chapters Special Edition and can be purchased via bandcamp.
|NO.||TRACK NAME||COMPOSER||DURATION||TYPE||PLAYS WHERE & WHEN|
|1||The House of All Worlds||Simon Poole||2:27||score||main menu, choices summary|
|2||Reborn||Simon Poole||2:02||trailer music/score||Reborn episode trailer|
|3||Prologue||Simon Poole*||2:59||source music/score||cutscene, intro|
|4||Return to the Hospital Room||S. Poole/Leon Willett||2:16||score||cutscene, intro transition Storytime|
|5||Storytime||Simon Poole||1:18||score||gameplay, Storytime|
|6||Storytime conversations||Simon Poole||6:38||score||gameplay, Storytime|
|7||The Azadi||Simon Poole||1:37||score||cutscene, Friar's Keep|
|8||A Song for Kian||Simon Poole**||1:13||score||cutscene, beginning/end of Friar's Keep|
|9||Friar's Keep||Simon Poole||4:28||score||gameplay, Friar's Keep|
|10||Therapy||Simon Poole||2:12||score||gameplay, Zelenka's Office|
|11||Europolis||Simon Poole||3:26||score||gameplay, Propast hub|
|12||Saga||Simon Poole||1:58||score||cutscene, House of All Worlds|
|13||Announcement trailer||Simon Poole||2:43||trailer music||announcement trailer/overview trailer|
|*vocals by Selma Hasund Poole / ** vocals by Ingvild Hasund||total playing time ~ 35:17|
Dreamfall Chapters Original Soundtrack
The full soundtrack features the 13 tracks from the Book One soundtrack and 35 additional tracks:
|NO.||TRACK NAME||COMPOSER||DURATION||TYPE||PLAYS WHERE & WHEN|
|14||A room with a view||Simon Poole/Leon Willett||1:54||score||cutscene, hospital room|
|16||Fever Dreams||Simon Poole||2:16||score||cutscene, the Enclave (Book 2)|
|17||The Enclave||Simon Poole||2:34||score||gameplay, the Enclave (Book 2)|
|18||Marcuria by night||Simon Poole||3:43||score||gameplay, Marcuria hub (Book 2)|
|19||The raid||Simon Poole||0:45||score||cutscene, Enclave/Marcuria (Book 2)|
|20||Abnaxus||Simon Poole||1:36||score||cutscene/gameplay dream sequence (Book 3)|
|21||Propast blowback||Simon Poole||5:22||score|
|23||Through the looking glass||Simon Poole||0:41||score|
|25||The Yaga||Simon Poole||score||cutscene/dialog, Yaga encounter (Book 4)|
|26||Attack on the Enclave||Simon Poole||2:02||score||cutscene|
|28||The Purple Mountains||Simon Poole||score|
|29||Bird on a search||Simon Poole||score|
|30||The void||Simon Poole||score|
|31||A farewell to Wonkers||Simon Poole||score|
|32||The Prophet||Simon Poole||score|
|33||Morning in Marcuria||Simon Poole||score|
|34||The Dream Vortex||Simon Poole||score|
|35||Mumbai underground||Simon Poole||score|
|36||The ceremony begins||Simon Poole||score|
|37||Breaking point||Simon Poole||score|
|38||Night falls on Marcuria||Simon Poole||score|
|39||The Undreaming is unchained||Simon Poole||score|
|41||Dreaming shards||Simon Poole||score|
|42||The longest journey home||Simon Poole||score|
|45||Dreaming and Undreaming||Simon Poole||score|
|46||Rush Redux||Ingvild Hasund||2:31||source music||cutscene, Saga's discovery, Book 5|
|47||Journey's end||Simon Poole||2:23||score||gameplay, House of All Worlds, Book 5|
|48||End titles||Simon Poole||1:25||score|
|*vocals by Selma Hasund Poole / ** vocals by Ingvild Hasund||total playing time ~ ???|
The Dreamfall Chapters soundtrack features songs by Norwegian singer/songwriter Egil Olsen. Originally, it was planned to incorporate one of his songs per Book; eventually, a total of four ended up in the game. The last scene of Book 1 as well as the rolling credits are accompanied by Olsen's song "Don't just say you love me, show me". But he also has an animated alter ego in the game, performing as a street musician in the streets of Propast, a stone's throw from the Collapse Memorial. In Book One, players can listen to "Singer/Songwriter" and "Keep Movin" here. For Book Five, Olsen contributed his only previously unreleased song: "Fallin".
During a Norwegian radio broadcast on October 28th, 2014 (Skolefri live, NRK radio), Olsen has commented on the experience: "When I was 10 I wrote a diary. And at the very start of that diary – I just found it, I'm moving and have only just gotten all of my things to the new place – there was a list. It said that when I grow up, I was going to make an album, and I was going to make computer games – which I kind of feel like I've done now, even though I didn't make the game [...]".
Availability of the entire Soundtrack
Kickstarter and Paypal backers of the game have received the entire soundtrack starting with a pledge level of 50$ via their Humble account. RTG has made the entire soundtrack available for purchase on a number of music vending platforms, among them bandcamp.
The Unofficial Soundtrack Album
Following disappointment over a cancelled RTG music contest for Chapters, RTG forum members agirlnamedbob and jlddodger have organised a similar, yet unofficial contest. Entries were uploaded to soundcloud.com. An album cover for the unofficial soundtrack was designed by RTG artist Christoffer Grav (MrGrav on the forums) to support the fan project. Ragnar Tørnquist has expressly welcomed the initiative; Chapters will eventually provide an "easy modding" system that lets players bring their own music into the game – primarily, of course, the Unofficial Soundtrack.
- Comment taken from a transcript compiled and translated by RTG community moderator khh.