Below The Root

by Altus

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Prepare yourself for a brooding, cinematic adventure below the root.
Listening on headphones in a darkened room is encouraged.

The title is based on a game from 1984 with the same name. The game’s story takes place after the Green Sky Trilogy of novels by Zilpha Keatley Snyder. It was one of the first open-world games where you could travel in any direction right from the beginning, presenting a very large gameworld for its time.

As a child, the game fascinated me, but not entirely due to the vast land to explore. I often pondered what lay beyond the gameworld’s borders. This music is an aural representation of what one might discover.

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released January 7, 2017

Composed June to November 2016

Review at Sonic Immersion:
www.sonicimmersion.org/altus-below-the-root/

[...] In eight tracks, the listener wanders through a vast netherworld of dense (sometimes even foggy) spheres along ethereal and remote landscape scenery toward barely visible horizons.

Thanks to Craig Pineo for graciously creating the cover art
www.facebook.com/beyondthevision1/

Curious to know about the game's background?
blog.stahlmandesign.com/below-the-root-a-story-a-computer-game-and-my-lifelong-obsession/

Stream on YouTube (Gapless): youtu.be/qVtqqk03GoQ
MP3 (320kb/s) available for free at: altusmusic.ca/belowtheroot.html

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