Part 1: mp3 links
Part 2 : Youtube video links.
Part 3: Youtube description/project explanation.
Part 4: Front/Rear Cover Images
Part 5: Cover images print instructions
All 14 tracks as well as a version of all 14 as one single flowing album can be found here in mp3 format (at the bottom of the page):
0.) Full Album (all 14 tracks)
Track 1 "Awakening"
Track 2 "Heaven's Night"
Track 3 "Silent Heaven"
Track 4 "Doppelgangers"
Track 5 "Spirits of the Mist"
Track 6 "November Flight (Theme of Amy)"
Track 7 "Ashes"
Track 8 "Ghost"
Track 9 "A Study of Room 203"
Track 10 "Double-goers"
Track 11 "Reflections of a Memory (Theme of Ernest)"
Track 12 "Morning Calm"
Track 13 "Born From a Wish"
Track 14 "Love Psalm"
Project Explanation/Youtube Main Description
1.) What this is:
A 14 track album consisting of ambient pieces throughout the Silent Hill 2 Born From a Wish scenario. This includes the background music of the cutscenes found in the scenario. I spent around 3 months putting this album together, so I hope you enjoy it!
2.) Why I did this:
Even though this includes all 14 existing pieces of the scenario, this album was actually only ever about the cutscene music. The cutscene music was why I started this project in the first place.
3.) The Cutscene Music Problem
Basically, the music from the BFaW cutscenes can't be ripped or separated from the dialogue that plays in the cutscene. It doesn't matter what you do to try and isolate the music, you can't, because all audio in the cutscenes are part of the same file (unlike in the main scenario which, as far as I know, aren't). This is the reason that there doesn't exist isolated cutscene music for BFaW, because it doesn't exist at all (unless Akira Yamaoka still has it). Up until this point, the only way to hear the Yamaoka tracks of the cutscenes was to put up with also listening to Maria or Ernest talking during the cutscene. Not anymore.
4.) How I Isolated the Music:
Editing the cutscene audio. What I realized is that the cutscenes in the scenario play out just long enough so that parts of the tracks may repeat. What this means is that, in one instance if Maria or Ernest are talking over a segment, later on they might not be. So what I did was cut up each cutscene into "dialogue" and "no dialogue" segments, and using those "no dialogue" segments, replicate the original composition as best as I could. This was far more difficult than it sounds, and the first time I attempted to do this a year ago I gave up because of how complex it was. I tried again starting in February (with booze and determination) and this is the result.
5.) The Ernest Meetings
The three Ernest meetings were where the challenge was. With both characters having continuous conversation, the room for usable audio was really limited (sometimes a second or less usable material). The end result for both 1st and 3rd Ernest meetings were near total replications of the original compositions. The 2nd Ernest meeting is the one that I was unable to fully replicate (the reason for this being that for about half of the track there were many unique notes and chimes that did not exist anywhere outside the one time they occurred, and Ernest and Maria were too busy talking over them, making it impossible to replicate those parts). Therefore, the 2nd Ernest meeting's track is an arrangement different from Yamaoka's original composition, but only because I couldn't replicate the original composition.
6.) The Rest of It
The cutscene at the beginning, as well as the two after the 3rd Ernest meeting, didn't require much work. The other ambient tracks were simple recordings from the game with no major editing required. The bulk of the work was the 3 Ernest cutscenes.
7.) For the Fans
Yea sure, it drove me nuts that I couldn't listen to these tracks without dumb Maria or Ernest yapping over them. But mainly, this album was for the other fans of Silent Hill 2 and Yamaoka's music. I've seen many times people wish they could hear the tracks in the cutscenes without the dialogue. This is for you guys.
1.) Front/Rear Cover Image/Printout (sized for CD case)
2.) Front Cover Alternate Outer Printout (sized for CD case)
3.) Front Cover Alternate Inner Printout (sized for CD case)
For those that want the simple front/rear cover (no booklet image) just print the first image and cut it where the images split. The right image is wider than the left, so that the rear cover can fill out the sides of the case.
For those that want the front booklet (instructions based on an at-home printer)
A.) Print out the Maria image (with the wide border on the right side)
B.) Take the Maria image and rotate it 180 degrees (so that the wide right border is close to you) and the printed side still face up.
C.) Print the 2nd image with the quote and it must be upside down as shown above.
D.) Trim the borders with any necessary adustments and fold the image in half so that the quote is on the inside.
Of course, I was only able to test this on mine and another's printer. I can't guarantee this is universal but it should be.
This is what it *should* look like when put together