7/11, David Sanger / George Sanger, 1993-1995
After Wing Commander, George Sanger found himself again at the musical helm of a cutting-edge game – this time it was The 7th Guest, one of the titles that heralded the beginning of the CD-ROM era in computer gaming. Compared to its successor The 11th Hour, 7th Guest is the more conventionally scored horror soundtrack. But while Sanger plays by the rules for creepy, Gothic music, his assured hand at writing mature orchestral compositions constantly delivers intriguing results. Always the genre bender, Sanger mixes in jazzy undertones that evoke the game’s 1930s setting and occasionally cheekily poke fun at the game’s horror scenario. The 11th Hour is a more eccentric, eclectic collection of tracks that have little to do with conventional horror scoring. Instead, Sanger fleshes out The 7th Guest‘s genre mixes by emphasising the smooth jazz influences and replacing the orchestra with a rock band that plays melancholic, sometimes surf rock-inspired mood pieces. Compiled on 7/11, both scores show Sanger at the height of his creativity.
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