Game music of the day: Professor Layton and the Curious Village


Game: Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Song: Professor Layton's Theme

Composer: Tomohito Nishiura

Above: Professor Layton's Theme from Professor Layton and the Curious Village

Professor Layton is a classy man, so it's no surprise that his theme is classy too. Professor Layton's theme embodies his character perfectly - effortlessly refined without being pretentious, lively and vibrant but still poised and collected. You can just imagine the professor traveling briskly about St. Mystere, putting the pieces of its mystery together while still taking the time to enjoy a hot cup of Assam tea. What makes Professor Layton a superb sleuth is that he knows how to tiptoe the line between sneakiness and propriety, and this song definitely emotes that careful chase of clues.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any classier, the Professor Layton and the Curious Village OST that was released in Japan also includes a brilliant live version:

Above: Live version of Professor Layton's Theme

Ah, those strings! The melody hints at a bit of sadness at the beginning, but it quickly picks up, and midway through there's a fabulously playful flute bit. Percussive sections add a sense of danger, but it's nothing the professor and Luke can't handle.

Jul 27, 2010

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  • zigs - August 10, 2010 10:12 a.m.

    Assam?! Pfft, Layton's much more of a Earl Grey drinker, surely.
  • Ninjenius - July 30, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    Beautiful music from personally the best DS game thus far. Many of the in-game tracks are rarely longer than 20-30 second loops but unlike most games it never becomes an irritation.
  • philipshaw - July 29, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    This music is so good, makes solving some of the more annoying puzzles a joy instead of frustrating the player
  • salaryman - July 28, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    I am very glad I resisted the temptation to skip over this as both tracks could easily persuade me to hunt the soundtrack down. The same could actually be said of the Ar Tonelico "game-music-of-the-day" that I believe you posted Carolyn.
  • SenatorPepper - July 28, 2010 2:49 p.m.

  • speno93 - July 28, 2010 9:34 a.m.

    yes, i frigging love that track, one of my absolute favourites from the Professor Layton series.
  • JeffGoldblum1 - July 28, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    God I love this game so much.
  • Hotdiddykong - July 28, 2010 5:38 a.m.

    Another great music done in another great game series by the Great nintendo!
  • JohnnyApplesperm - July 28, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    Never played this, but good music. Thanks Carolyn!
  • lovinmyps3 - July 28, 2010 3:49 a.m.

    Never played this put it's effing awesome! Especially the second one, sounds much better in my opinion.
  • Kehno - July 28, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    You guys have NO idea how excited I was to see this. I lovelovelove Professor Layton, the music included. Thank you.
  • JayBeat - July 27, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    Wow this song is really good, i wouldn't have guessed. I love it around 1:00 - 1:10
  • goochbiscuit - July 27, 2010 11:48 p.m.

    Is there anywhere I can download this, preferably for free?
  • MrSuitMan - July 27, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Hot damn, this is my kind of music.
  • shyfonzie - July 27, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    God I love Proffesor Layton. Why don't more DS games have cutscenes?
  • GamesRadarCarolynGudmundson - July 27, 2010 11:16 p.m.

    @Conman93 totally, the ending of Diabolical Box made me a little teary-eyed.
  • Conman93 - July 27, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Brilliant choice Carolyn! Great soundtrack, great series, enough said! Credits to the second one is my favourite piece of music from it. Damn the live one was epic! Baseball!!.....Newgrounds fans might get that :)
  • Felixthecat - July 27, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    The Prof. Layton series is damn near perfect IMO. It's the best puzzle series out there, and it's so fantastic at everything it does. The cutscenes are also the best on the DS. Such a great game, not to mention series.
  • Psylockerules - July 27, 2010 10 p.m.

    love the music in PL games
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 27, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Love, love, LOVE this. It perfectly embodies the French cartoon feel; it reminds me of The Triplets of Belleville, even though I haven't seen it it in a good long while.

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