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A deserted island... a lost man... memories of a fatal crash... a book written by a dying explorer.

Dear Esther is a ghost story told using first-person gaming technologies. Rather than traditional gameplay, the focus here is on exploration, uncovering the mystery of the island, of who you are and why you are here. Fragments of story are randomly triggered by moving around the environments, making every telling unique. Features a stunning, specially commissioned soundtrack. Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it's because it may just be all a delusion.

What is the significance of the aerial - What happened on the motorway - is the island real or imagined - who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here?

The answers are out there, on the lost beach and the tunnels under the island. Or then again, they may just not be, after all...

Dear Esther - Soundtrack
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Dear_Esther_Soundtrack.zip
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chineseroom
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Jul 11th, 2008
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Jessica Curry's soundtrack for Dear Esther: 8 tracks as MPEG4s.


This zip file contains the eight tracks created for Dear Esther by composer and sound artist Jessica Curry - please feel free to download, enjoy and share.

Jessica's website is here: http//www.jessicacurry.co.uk

Track 8, Ascension, also features the voiceover artist, Nigel Carrington - his website is here:

Nigelcarrington.com

Any problems or questions, please drop me a line

Dear Esther - Soundtrack
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freredarme
freredarme Jul 12 2008, 5:26am said:

Good idea ;)
Nice job.

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chineseroom
chineseroom Jul 12 2008, 5:52pm replied:

Thanks for all the comments - seemed a shame not to, really!

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tnathan475
tnathan475 Jul 12 2008, 8:15am said:

great soundtrack

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Forsete
Forsete Jul 12 2008, 1:40pm said:

Beautiful soundtrack. Really touching.

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n3rday
n3rday Aug 21 2008, 6:17pm said:

The soundtrack is amazing...does anyone know where I can find some more of her work? Her website is currently down. Heck, I'd buy an album that sounded like this.

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chineseroom
chineseroom Aug 25 2008, 3:42am replied:

Site should be back up in a week or so. I've talked to Jessica and there should be some more streaming tracks out of it once it's re-built.

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Misterkatze
Misterkatze Dec 11 2008, 3:36pm said:

Driftspace in a Foglit Landscape..... really haunting imagery and music. The Island, always calling. Thank you.!

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nuxdie
nuxdie Jan 28 2009, 11:00am said:

great work! thanks!

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MANAX99
MANAX99 Jan 29 2009, 9:11pm said:

Dawg, dis gaem u got goin on heer b totlly pimpin.

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chineseroom
chineseroom Feb 2 2009, 1:33pm replied:

This gets the award for coolest comment so far. I b dis dawg, fk yh!

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Ishindri
Ishindri May 16 2009, 11:26am said:

I love the soundtrack, but there are only seven files in the archive. Why was Ascension removed?

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Greenawayzoo
Greenawayzoo May 27 2009, 5:59pm replied:

Hi there,

Don't know where Ascension has disappeared to- apologies for that. Will re-upload tomorrow.

Hope you enjoy,

Jessica Curry

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chineseroom
chineseroom Jun 2 2009, 5:50pm said:

My fault actually. Going to repackage the entire audio along with art and other bits and pieces for the redevelopment release. In the meantime, check Jessica's website for lots more audio work - particularly the Caspar Helendale requiem for Second Life: www.jessicacurry.co.uk

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Glynkada
Glynkada Jul 5 2009, 5:30pm said:

Created an account purely to gush about Dear Esther.

It's magnificent, it really is. Single handedly restored my faith in a medium that I was becoming increasingly jaded by. A medium still so awkward and adolescent, that a hack like Hideo Kojima can literally wank in all our faces for 8 hours of cutscenes and be hailed as the Kubrick of interactive entertainment.

It's not perfect by any stretch, but the imperfections almost make it even better. The worst design decisions are all at the very start, but when viewed in context it almost feels like it was intentional, a metaphor for how tough the start of any journey worth taking is. Maybe even a test to weed out the impatient, ADD riddled Counter Strike kids who would have the audacity to give protips on how to shorten the experience.

I loved it all. I loved the pacing, I loved the framing of landscapes, I loved the script, I loved the music, I loved the narration, I loved the sick feeling I got in my stomach whenever I thought I caught a glimpse of someone in the distance, I loved the desolace, the isolation, the impending sense of panic, I love the fact that most comments on here refer to stuff I didn't even see, I loved that it had all the hallmarks of a great linear piece of fiction, yet two people could independently experience different things altogether, I just loved the whole thing.

Mark my words, in 25 years when people accept this medium for the great things it is capable of doing, when you see game critics on grown up mainstream TV programs doing retrospectives of where it all started, when the proper Kubricks and Spielbergs of the medium are interviewed about what made them get into making art, they'll all cite Dear Esther. Even if they didn't actually download it the first time round, they'll pretend so as not so sound uncultured.

So yeah, I just wanted to say all that before any of the above happens and you're too famous and busy to read my thoughts. You're an inspiration!

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jac171
jac171 Aug 27 2009, 6:39pm said:

For some reason when I open this with WinRAR I find the files and when I click one them, it just gives me a window with weird symbols on it. And when I put the soundtrack in my documents, when I click the tracks it gives me a window that says, "Windows Explorer could not open this file." Please help!

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chineseroom
chineseroom Aug 28 2009, 11:15am replied:

It may be because they were originally encoded for Mac, although we haven't had reports of this before. You can find more heavily compressed versions in the /sound folder of the mod. At the moment, the plan is to remaster the tracks at some point in the future and perhaps look to put these new versions on iTunes.

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boom11110
boom11110 Nov 2 2009, 10:59pm said:

hey where do i extract these files to?
tell me if im an idiot

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Sklarlight
Sklarlight Dec 4 2009, 6:55pm said:

Why does Jessica Curry's website redirect to wikepedia on the HTTP protocol?

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Trevylan
Trevylan Jul 3 2010, 1:38am said:

Windows media and Creative media cant play it :/

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intergalactic_potato
intergalactic_potato Jul 7 2010, 6:21pm said:

I love the sound track, thanks.

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Demon_Polar_Bear
Demon_Polar_Bear Jan 1 2011, 8:02pm said:

I think this is an absolutely wonderful soundtrack that couldn't go more perfectly with the game. Thanks for this download~*~*~!

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yarow12
yarow12 Feb 18 2011, 6:11pm said:

I love this so much.

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dalalphabet
dalalphabet Mar 6 2012, 2:41pm said:

At the risk of sounding completely ignorant, is there a version of the Esther track as played in the trailer (ie. with orchestral accompaniment) available anywhere?

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