Azkend 2: The World Beneath Soundtrack, Jonathan Geer, 2012
One of the most satisfying experiences for music collectors is to come across a work that defies expectations and delivers something more involving, more satisfying than expected. Jonathan Geer’s Azkend 2: The World Beneath soundtrack is that sort of album. It’s music for yet another match-3 game – a genre whose popularity soared with the advent of mobile gaming. This is not necessarily the kind of game one expects to deliver a full-bodied, lush (synth)orchestral score. However, that’s precisely what Azkend 2 achieves.
Maybe it’s a blessing that by 2012, the mobile gaming market had been swamped with match-3 games. Standing out from the crowd became more and more of a necessity and developer 10tons decided to get there by giving Azkend 2 an extra level of polish, including professional voice overs for the story scenes. Geer translated that additional level of ambitiousness into a richly orchestrated, finely detailed soundtrack. He had worked on several 10tons games before and the Azkend 2: The World Beneath soundtrack outdid his previous achievements. 10tons’ approach suited Geer well. In an interview, he stated that “this kind of big, lush, adventurous soundtrack is really right up my alley and probably my strongest genre as a composer. My goal was to just write something very romantic and big.”