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Voyager is a 14-track concept album, and the first album by space music alias, Ariah.

Story

The album is set during the opening events of the 1998 video game, Unreal, from the perspective of Ariah, as the planet of Na Pali is invaded by aliens. Ariah, being a peaceful native creature of the planet, and expecting to give birth, seeks safety from the attacks, but is ultimately forced to flee the planet in search of a new home, temporary or otherwise.

The first seven tracks take place on Na Pali, while the rest take place in outer space. The album ends with Ariah locating one of the Voyager spacecrafts, and with it, one of the Voyager Golden Records.

Sound

The album was made as a way of revisiting the old, chilled, spacey style of older General Mumble works, such as Unrealectric, but with new musical production skills and habits.

The music on the album takes inspiration from the soundtracks of Unreal and Unreal Tournament, which were written by Alexander BrandonMichiel van den Bos , Dan Gardopée and Andrew Sega. Sound effects from Unreal also make frequent appearances during the album.

All tracks have ambient or narrative passages in between them, to seamlessly connect them and keep the story fluid.

Appearances in other media

The track "Cygni" was used as the end credits theme for the 2021 retro first person shooter "Hedon Bloodrite".

A couple of the tracks, "The Birth" and "Omicron Dusk" were originally made to accompany Unreal Tournament 2004 maps that Mumble had made in 2014, and were later extended and added to Voyager as they fit the overall aesthetic of the album.

Track listing

  1. Two Suns
  2. Vandora
  3. Rrajigar
  4. The Birth
  5. Wings Over Nyleve
  6. Rikers
  7. Departure
  8. Vacuum
  9. Nebu: i) Turbulence ii) Signal iii) Cluster iv) Interference
  10. Helix Pass
  11. Omicron Dusk
  12. Mintaka
  13. Cygni
  14. Relic
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