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The Sam & Max music

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I almost forgot one of the most important and appealing aspects of the first SAM & MAX game; the MUSIC.

Don't know who created the music for SAM & MAX: HIT THE ROAD, but it was really good and unique for inclusion in a game. No other adventure game of its time had quite the same mix of jazz & swinging melodies. It was really a milestone in that department. (The game CD could also be put in a CD player and listened to).

Was it jazz? Was it be-bop? Was it blues? Whatever it was, it was great and it enhanced the game 1000%. I hear in the trailer you've got that 'BIG-BAND/BROADWAY MUSICAL' sound going again, although you can hear it's synthesized...maybe that's good? The end bit of the audio reminds me of INDIANA JONES & THE FATE OF ATLANTIS. If it were possible to get a fully orchestrated soundtrack going, it's a decision you won't regret. It makes SUCH a difference. It's that 'CHURCH ORGAN' honkey-tonk sound, THAT'S what it is! Include that in the game. Also the XYLOPHONES. They're in the trailer, you have to listen for them, once you pick it out you can't miss it. Less of the trumpets, and you're on the right track. Whoever's doing the audio has done his/her homework.
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    Anonymous
    You know, reading the various posts here on the forum, I can't help but feel that most people here simply want this game to be Sam & Max Hit The Road.
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    Jake Telltale Alumni
    I almost forgot one of the most important and appealing aspects of the first SAM & MAX game; the MUSIC.

    Don't know who created the music for SAM & MAX: HIT THE ROAD, but it was really good and unique for inclusion in a game. No other adventure game of its time had quite the same mix of jazz & swinging melodies. It was really a milestone in that department. (The game CD could also be put in a CD player and listened to).

    Was it jazz? Was it be-bop? Was it blues? Whatever it was, it was great and it enhanced the game 1000%. I hear in the trailer you've got that 'BIG-BAND/BROADWAY MUSICAL' sound going again, although you can hear it's synthesized...maybe that's good? The end bit of the audio reminds me of INDIANA JONES & THE FATE OF ATLANTIS. If it were possible to get a fully orchestrated soundtrack going, it's a decision you won't regret. It makes SUCH a difference. It's that 'CHURCH ORGAN' honkey-tonk sound, THAT'S what it is! Include that in the game. Also the XYLOPHONES. They're in the trailer, you have to listen for them, once you pick it out you can't miss it. Less of the trumpets, and you're on the right track. Whoever's doing the audio has done his/her homework.
    The music for Sam & Max Hit the Road was in fact done largely by Clint Bajakian (who also scored Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis), with some input from Peter McConnell (who is most well known for his work on the music in Grim Fandango but also worked on many other LucasArts adventures). Clint is now a music director at Sony Interactive and seems to be enjoying himself.

    The person doing the music for Telltale's Sam & Max game is Jared Emerson-Johnson, who you may recognize as the person who did the exellent soundtracks to our first two Bone episodes. (You can also hear his music in the Sam & Max trailer)

    Jared actually got his start writing music for games by working with Clint Bajakian for around two years, starting with the score to Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, which the two of them co-wrote.

    As for live music in Sam & Max I don't know what the plan is on that but I know getting live musicians has been discussed and is wanted.
    You know, reading the various posts here on the forum, I can't help but feel that most people here simply want this game to be Sam & Max Hit The Road.
    Tee hee. I wonder if they know that game's been released for 12 years already. They can already play it even!

    This isn't that game :p
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    Anonymous
    You know, reading the various posts here on the forum, I can't help but feel that most people here simply want this game to be Sam & Max Hit The Road.
    Well, in some ways, perhaps I can't help it.

    You know, of all the games that were released in and around 1993, SAM & MAX & DAY OF THE TENTACLE were the only games I bought. Why? Because I could see the LOVE that went into them.

    I don't know Steve Purcell at all, but I instantly associaited with the characters and the LOVE and SELF that was poured into the game was immediately noticeable.

    I find that's just not common nowdays; companies churn out pieces of mass-produced junk one after the other. When SAM & MAX: HIT THE ROAD came out, it was really a breath of fresh air. It's easy for someone with more money than sense to extinguish that flame. Of course, I know TELLTALE is something special as many of the staff are ex-Lucasarts employees who in fact worked on such gems as SAM & MAX, INDIANA JONES, MONKEY ISLAND & DAY OF THE TENTACLE.

    It'd be a pity if this game came and was went like thousands of other releases every year, just to be forgotten about, only to be found at the bottom of the bargain bin someday. Excuse the seriousness of it all, but when I saw Steve Purcell's artwork for the cover of HIT THE ROAD, it started something for me and now I have an awesome career as a freelance illustrator/animator. So it's kind of a big deal. I don't even live in America and Sam & Max & their humor influenced me hugely. I live in South Africa (where the hell? It's on the tip of Africa. Yes, we have computers :) .)
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    Anonymous
    You know, reading the various posts here on the forum, I can't help but feel that most people here simply want this game to be Sam & Max Hit The Road.
    why wouldnt they.. it is a sequel to hit the road right? there is a reason most of us are here 13 years later interested in a new sam and max game.. Hit the road was the best..and funniest game I ever played..
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    Anonymous
    I almost forgot one of the most important and appealing aspects of the first SAM & MAX game; the MUSIC.

    Don't know who created the music for SAM & MAX: HIT THE ROAD, but it was really good and unique for inclusion in a game. No other adventure game of its time had quite the same mix of jazz & swinging melodies. It was really a milestone in that department. (The game CD could also be put in a CD player and listened to).

    Was it jazz? Was it be-bop? Was it blues? Whatever it was, it was great and it enhanced the game 1000%. I hear in the trailer you've got that 'BIG-BAND/BROADWAY MUSICAL' sound going again, although you can hear it's synthesized...maybe that's good? The end bit of the audio reminds me of INDIANA JONES & THE FATE OF ATLANTIS. If it were possible to get a fully orchestrated soundtrack going, it's a decision you won't regret. It makes SUCH a difference. It's that 'CHURCH ORGAN' honkey-tonk sound, THAT'S what it is! Include that in the game. Also the XYLOPHONES. They're in the trailer, you have to listen for them, once you pick it out you can't miss it. Less of the trumpets, and you're on the right track. Whoever's doing the audio has done his/her homework.
    Yes spot on.. I have the hit the road soundtrack on my ipod its that good.. I just wish there could be a live band to replay that music..its so good.. ball of twine and the sam and max theme were my favs.. In fact i liked the music so much i remember i used to go into that screen where u could view a day of the tentacle trailer..and just play the theme..over n over again.. Loved the music they had in the freelance police trailer.. and am hoping for more of the same.. some classic jazz to go along with the sam and max universe..that kind of music just fits really well :D
  • why wouldnt they.. it is a sequel to hit the road right? there is a reason most of us are here 13 years later interested in a new sam and max game.. Hit the road was the best..and funniest game I ever played..
    It isn't, really. It's a game made with the same characters, by a few of the same people, but it's not a sequel.

    In many ways Telltale and Steve have a lot more freedom to be creative with Sam & Max than they would be if they were making a direct sequel to Hit the Road...
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    Anonymous
    Yeah, I really want to see the new episodes as out of the shadow of Hit the Road as possible. Hit the Road may be a great game, and a great reference point for designing any adventure game really, but it's not the only incarnation of the characters, and I want to see Telltale free to experiment as much as they like (this is one of the great advantages of the episodic model as well); one of the strongpoints of Sam & Max is the variety of situations in which they'll work well. Making it Hit the Road 2 would also be somewhat unnatural I think, seeing as neither of the project leads are involved with the episodes. I was really pleased to see the emphasis on their guns in the trailer because it showed a willingness to depart from Hit the Road somewhat.

    On the subject of the music, I agree that something jazz or swing inflected works really well (I suppose hoping for something in the vein of Jim Thirlwell's more horn-driven work would be going too far), and this is generally the route the cartoon series took as well if I remember correctly.
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    Anonymous
    Well a lot of people who have hit the road will be buying this new sam and max game and I have a feeling they are gonna be comparing it to hit the road ;) I think they got a lot right with hit the road so I don't see why you wouldn't use what worked in that game in the new incarnation of Sam and Max
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    Anonymous
    Being a huge fan of the Holy Trinity of Land/Bajakian/McConnell, I especially love the "Hit the Road" soundtrack with its pure Jazz/Big Band/Swing style music. It just fits the film noire character of Sam and the hyperactive Max, and sets a perfect crime fighting mood.

    I really hope Jared is going Jazz with this (is there actually a way to contact him? PM me if yes :D ), and I would just love it, if he would use L/B/M's Main Theme from "Hit the Road" , which I always liked much better than the TV-theme.

    Real musicians... I guess that's a must... but does that fit into the budget? I hope so...
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    Anonymous
    wow if they could use a real band to recreate the original sam and max theme for the new game that would be incredible.. 8-} 8-} I wont get my hopes up tho..
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