Saw over at Adventure-Treff that iMuse Island posted a nice interview with Peter McConnell. The ex-LucasArts composer was involved in the creation of the soundtracks of classic titles such as Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island 2, Sam&Max, Full Throttle and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis among others. On his cooperation with Tim Schafer for Grim Fandango:
For one thing, he brought in music from Mexican folk bands for me to listen to. In addition, I did a whole recording session of just Tim talking about the different areas of the game. We even had a guy (sound designer Larry the O) playing bongos while Tim talked to make it sort of like a beat poetry reading. I kept a big interactive iMUSE score on my computer of just Tim talking. You could click on a button corresponding to a location and hear Tim talk about it. I was constantly referring to this score as I composed.He's also talking about his work for Escape from Monkey Island, Michael Land and the iMuse system, which he co-invented. Currently McConnell is busy composing a new soundtrack as Tim Schafer has hired him for his Xbox project Psychonauts. Judging his previous work I guess it's safe to say that this one is going to very atmospheric as well.