This is a bit old; from back in February, I think. It's still kinda-sorta a WIP; the ending is actually jumbled, but I never got to fixing it, and I couldn't keep this song in the darkness for ever.
When we think of video and computer games, often we forget those that we played as youth: the educational games. Some educational computer games are just corny garbage--but others are hidden masterpieces. One such game was Cluefinders (particularly the 3rd Grade one). Not only did I learn a lot from it (I started playing it in 2nd Grade, HAH), but it was responsible for South America being my favorite continent, my love for ancient civilizations, AND it had what I still consider to be some of the best computer game music (I'm excluding video games on this one).
The music in Cluefinders 3rd Grade worked a lot like this: for every region, there was an overworld theme, and a "question" theme for the areas where you had to answer questions (with the exception of the Canopy / Geography area, which only had a single theme, which is one of my top video/computer game music to date). The music I've re-orchestrated here is the Lost City's question theme. The Lost City focused on Science, hence the name I gave it, "Scientific Method."
The Science music, of all the music in Cluefinders 3rd Grade, had to have been the most catchy, for better or for worse. The bongos and congos just get stuck in your head, in almost a hypnotic fashion; which made sense, because the only denizens of the modern Lost City were the spirits of knowledge and science, strange beings like living statues and floating skulls.
Sibelius doesn't have very many ethnic instrument samples, so I had a limited base on this one. Therefore, this one has literally been "orchestrated." Amongst the new instruments are the pipe organ, the violin, and the oboe. I think the contrabassoon and tuba aren't in the original, but they sound exactly like the brief low note in the original, so maybe they are.
My Version (c) Me
Original (c) The Learning Company
Surprised there's a video on YouTube for this. Here's the original; comes in at around 3:30. Be sure to catch the amazing Geography music in the beginning of the video, though; as I said, some of my favorite music ever to have been written. http://www.youtube.com/wa tch?v=Y4qzpysAVIE&feature =related