20th Anniversary Soundtrack



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Volume I Volume II
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Overview

Thanks to the excellent work Bryce has done with delvmod, game data can finally be extracted from Delver archives. Because of this we finally have the MIDI music ripped directly from Cythera, even though it's been nearly 20 years since the game was released. These files have enabled the creation of a new soundtrack which features updated and new sounds of Cythera to be explored in lossless CD-quality audio.

The Cythera: 20th Anniversary Soundtrack is a two volume, two disc set of music created using classic and modern MIDI synthesizers, as well as contemporary music creation software, namely Apple's Logic Pro X. All the music, liner notes, source files (MIDIs and Logic projects), and other associated materials are freely available to download.

You can download the complete, lossless soundtrack and all related files here (Mirror). The sections below provide more details about specific parts of the soundtrack and the option to download individual items. In the Music section, you can download the lossless music by disc or stream lossy (128kbps AAC) audio by clicking directly on a song. We have also added a link to our YouTube playlist to stream from there. Liner notes and source files can also be downloaded individually or in bulk.

Note: Lossless audio is distributed using Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) due to its native support on Apple devices. However, even though ALAC is now an open standard, its support is limited outside the Apple ecosystem. For this reason, a more universal FLAC version of the complete, lossless soundtrack may be downloaded here.


Music

YouTube playlist for the complete soundtrack

Each volume corresponds to one disc of audio. The first is all-MIDI, while the second relies on Apple's Logic Pro X for a newer sound. See the Liner Notes for more in-depth discussion of every volume, album, and track in this release.

Volume I, The MIDI Years

Download all lossless Volume I tracks or stream lossy (128kbps AAC) versions below if your browser supports it.

Volume I uses MIDI exclusively to give voice to both classic and updated versions of the Cythera tracks we've all come to know and love. The content is split across three sub-albums, first revisiting the classic material in QuickTime 4 before turning to the modern open-source Timidity software for resynthesis with new sound fonts. The final album experiments with different instrumentations for the MIDI music.

Cythera: Revisited Cythera: Resynthesized Alternates & Extras
  1. Cythera Theme (Classic), 1:37
  2. Land King Hall (Classic), 3:34
  3. Underground (Classic), 2:06
  4. Overworld (Classic), 2:18
  5. Odemia (Classic), 1:16
  6. Danger (Classic), 1:13
  7. Seldane (Classic), 1:39
  8. Pnyx (Classic), 0:57
  9. Catamarca (Classic), 1:52
  10. Cademia (Classic), 1:17
  11. Kosha (Classic), 2:40
  12. Underground Remix (Classic), 2:08
  13. City of Mystery (Classic), 1:13
  1. Cythera Theme (Flute Resynth), 1:38
  2. Land King Hall (Resynth), 3:34
  3. Underground (Resynth), 2:09
  4. Overworld (Choral Resynth), 2:19
  5. Odemia (Resynth), 1:15
  6. Danger (Resynth), 1:15
  7. Seldane (Choral Resynth), 1:40
  8. Pnyx (Resynth), 0:58
  9. Catamarca (Resynth), 1:52
  10. Cademia (Resynth), 1:19
  11. Kosha (Resynth), 2:40
  12. City of Mystery (Resynth), 1:15
  1. Cythera Theme (Choral), 1:38
  2. Underground (Synth), 2:09
  3. Underground (Effects), 2:08
  4. Overworld (Strings), 2:18
  5. Odemia (Alternate), 1:15
  6. Pnyx (Alternate), 0:59
  7. Catamarca (Choral), 1:52
  8. Cademia (Alternate), 1:20
  9. Kosha (Alternate), 2:40
  10. Cythera Theme (Original), 1:39
  11. Overworld (Original), 2:18
  12. Seldane (Original), 1:42
Total Album Time, 23:42
Total Album Time, 21:51
Total Volume Time, 1:07:25
Total Album Time, 21:52

Volume II, A Modern Approach

Download all lossless Volume II tracks or stream lossy (128kbps AAC) versions below if your browser supports it.

Volume II builds on the same Cythera sounds as before but remasters the music and explores new variants with modern synthesized instruments using Apple's Logic Pro X. Again, the volume is split into three sub-albums, the first remastering the original soundtrack as closely as possible with the second and third ones branching out into new instrumentations and arrangements.

Cythera: Remastered Cythera: Reimagined Suites & Medleys
  1. Cythera Theme, 1:38
  2. Land King Hall, 3:35
  3. Underground, 2:07
  4. Overworld, 2:21
  5. Odemia, 1:17
  6. Danger, 1:16
  7. Seldane, 1:45
  8. Pnyx, 0:59
  9. Catamarca, 1:51
  10. Cademia, 1:19
  11. Kosha, 2:38
  12. City of Mystery, 1:20
  1. When the Time is Right (Cythera Theme Choral), 1:41
  2. Space (Overworld Strings), 2:20
  3. Stairway (Land King Hall Piano), 3:34
  4. On the Edge of the World (Odemia Piano Solo), 1:16
  5. The Plague (Catamarca Choral), 1:53
  6. Ruin of the Tyrants (Cademia Woodwinds), 1:18
  7. Comana’s Fall (Kosha Harp), 2:41
  8. Exile of the Mages (Pnyx Violins), 1:00
  9. Hidden Majesty (Underground Strings), 2:07
  10. The Threat of War (Danger Harpsichord), 0:50
  11. Legacy of the Elementals (Seldane Strings), 1:41
  12. The Magisterium (City of Mystery Saxophone), 0:53
  1. World of Cythera (Synth Suite), 1:57
  2. Rule of the Houses (Brass Medley), 2:56
  3. Land’s End (Exploring Suite), 3:30
  4. Contemplating the Void (Pensive Piano Suite), 4:15
  5. Age of the LandKing (Orchestral Suite), 5:06
Total Album Time, 22:04
Total Album Time, 21:08
Total Volume Time, 1:00:53
Total Album Time, 17:41

Liner Notes

This 36-page booklet provides detailed notes about each track in the Cythera: 20th Anniversary Soundtrack. It also includes an introductory discussion of the QTMA and MIDI formats, background on how this soundtrack was made possible, and a short interview with Randy Pringle. With extensive Cythera-themed artwork and backgrounds styled after Cythera's Void, it should be considered a worthwhile companion piece for the music in the 20th Anniversary Soundtrack.

The Liner Notes are available for download in both 2-up and 1-up form factors. The 2-up layout is more similar to a booklet and may be easier to read on larger screens. It is the preferred version. However, the 1-up form factor is better for smaller-screen devices and may have better general PDF compatibility for weblinks and other features.

Download: Liner Notes Booklet (1-up)


Sources

Finally the MIDI files of Cythera tracks are available to fans! The tables below provide links to MIDI and project files for any particular song; for Volume I, the specific track usage is shown, while Volume II uses each project file exactly once for tracks with the same name. These source files can be downloaded in bulk or individually.

Volume I, MIDIs

Download all MIDI source files for Volume I or individual ones below.

The original MIDI files are extracted directly from the game with delvmod or the unaltered versions released online (as in the case of "City of Mystery" for instance). The standardized files were run through Logic Pro X's MIDI converter to create more cross-compatible MIDI files which could run on more synthesizers. This was necessary since the MIDI files generated by delvmod and midiutil did not always work on legacy synthesizers like QuickTime 4, but they did work on newer ones. The standardized tracks work on both. Normalized variants were created which scaled the volume of all tracks by a certain level (95%, 90%, etc.) if they were too loud. These versions are useful when using older synthesizers that do not have overload protection. QuickTime 4 is one such synthesizer, and it could experience a lot of clipping if the MIDI channels are not scaled appropriately -- something QTMA handled automatically before reaching the note synthesis stage. Finally, modified tracks are those that have instrument or track changes. These were created to make new versions of tracks so that problems could be corrected, like overpowering helicopter effects in modern synthesizers' versions of "Seldane," or try out new sounds, like the choral variant of "Catamarca."

Originals Standardized Normalized Modified Usage
Revisited Resynthesized Alternates & Extras
Original Game Soundtrack
001 Cythera Theme 001 Cythera Theme 1. Cythera Theme (Classic) - Q 35. Cythera Theme (Original Resynth) - G
001 Cythera Theme (Flute)
Saw Wave to Echo Drops
Goblin to Voice Oohs
Voice Oohs to Flute
14. Cythera Theme (Flute Resynth) - A
001 Cythera Theme (Choral)
Saw Wave to Echo Drops
Goblin to Voice Oohs
26. Cythera Theme (Choral Alternate Resynth) - A
002 Land King Hall 002 Land King Hall 2. Land King Hall (Classic) - Q 15. Land King Hall (Resynth) - F
003 Underground 003 Underground 27. Underground (Synth Alternate Resynth) - G
28. Underground (Effects Alternate Resynth) - T
003 Underground (95%) 3. Underground (Classic) - Q
003 Underground (Modified)
Sweep Pad to Star Theme
Ice Rain to Bowed Glass
16. Underground (Resynth) - G
004 Overworld 004 Overworld 36. Overworld (Original Resynth) - G
004 Overworld (95%) 4. Overworld (Classic) - Q
004 Overworld (Choral)
Halo Pad to Choir Aahs
SynthVoice to Echo Drops
17. Overworld (Choral Resynth) - G
004 Overworld (Strings)
Halo Pad to Slow Strings
SynthVoice to Viola
Synth Bass to Acoustic Bass
29. Overworld (Strings Alternate Resynth) - T
005 Odemia 005 Odemia 5. Odemia (Classic) - Q
005 Odemia (Modified)
Tubular Bells to Reed Organ
18. Odemia (Resynth) - G 30. Odemia (Alternate Resynth) - A
006 Danger 006 Danger 6. Danger (Classic) - Q 19. Danger (Resynth) - T
007 Seldane 007 Seldane
007 Seldane (95%) 7. Seldane (Classic) - Q
007 Seldane (Choral)
Breath Noise to Halo Pad
Halo Pad to Voice Aahs
Helicopter to Echo Drops
Goblins to Tubular Bells
20. Seldane (Choral Resynth) - G
007 Seldane (Modified)
Helicopter to Echo Drops
37. Seldane (Original Resynth) - F
008 Pnyx 008 Pnyx
008 Pnyx (95%) 8. Pnyx (Classic) - Q
008 Pnyx (More Brass)
Voice Oohs to Trombones
21. Pnyx (Resynth) - G
008 Pnyx (More Choir)
Voice Oohs to Voice Aahs
31. Pnyx (Alternate Resynth) - T
009 Catamarca 009 Catamarca 22. Catamarca (Resynth) - G
009 Catamarca (90%) 9. Catamarca (Classic) - Q
009 Catamarca (Choral)
Clean Guitar to Echo Drops
Soprano Sax to Voice Aahs
Jazz Guitar to Echo Drops
Ch 4 volume set to 126
32. Catamarca (Choral Alternate Resynth) - G
010 Cademia 010 Cademia 23. Cademia (Resynth) - A 33. Cademia (Alternate Resynth) - G
010 Cademia (95%) 10. Cademia (Classic) - Q
011 Kosha 011 Kosha 24. Kosha (Resynth) - G 34. Kosha (Alternate Resynth) - T
011 Kosha (75%) 11. Kosha (Classic) - Q
Other Releases
012 Underground Remix 012 Underground Remix
012 Underground Remix (90%) 12. Underground Remix (Classic) - Q
013 City of Mystery 013 City of Mystery 25. City of Mystery (Resynth) - G
013 City of Mystery (95%) 13. City of Mystery (Classic) - Q
Stairway Stairway
Key - Percentage indicates scale of volume settings relative the original; Notes under modified titles describe alterations to instruments and volume; Letters indicate synthesizer used: Q = QuickTime, G = General User, A = Arachno, T = Timbres of Heaven, F = FreePats

Volume II, Logic Projects

Download all Logic Pro project files for Volume II or individual ones below.

The Logic Pro project files map one-to-one with the tracks on Volume II since there wasn't any need to use other synthesizers or variants that wouldn't warrant a new project.

Remastered Reimagined Suites & Medleys
001 Cythera Theme
002 Land King Hall
003 Underground
004 Overworld
005 Odemia
006 Danger
007 Seldane
008 Pnyx
009 Catamarca
010 Cademia
011 Kosha
012 City of Mystery
013 Cythera Theme Choral
014 Overworld Strings
015 Land King Hall Piano
016 Odemia Piano Solo
017 Catamarca Choral
018 Cademia Woodwinds
019 Kosha Harp
020 Pnyx Violins
021 Underground Strings
022 Danger Harpsichord
023 Seldane Strings
024 City of Mystery Saxophone
025 Synth Suite
026 Brass Medley
027 Exploring Suite
028 Pensive Piano Suite
029 Orchestral Suite

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