Game Music of the Day - Secret of Monkey Island

Ah one of my favourite adventure games of all time, good ol' Monkey Island, that introduced the world to insult sword-fighting (apparently they were written by Orson Scott Card too!), vegetarian cannibals and Stan the salesman! The soundtrack was a most excellent mix of calypso and reggae that fits its Caribbean setting like a glove.

The music was principally done by Michael Land but there were also three others: Barney Jones, Patric Mundy and Andy Newell. Unfortunately there's little information on Patric, but there's a bit on the rest. Barney Jones apparently formed Earwax Productions and composes music for all sorts of things like feature films, commercials and of course, computer games. Andy has won many awards for the music he's done, winning 28 Clio Awards for excellence in advertising, 2 Emmys and Academy Award honours for being on the sound effects editing team for Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 2 Silver Lions and many more.

Michael Land of course was a composer for many of the old Lucasarts games, scoring soundtracks for the Monkey Island games, Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, X-Wing and many more.

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