Red Dead Redemption: Behind The Music Scene
Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite games of all time. I could go on and on about all the things I loved about it. But for the sake of time, and this post, I will only talk about the music.
The video above shows you a little insight as to what went into the games score. The musicians used time period instruments, and were hired because of their talent in playing time period music. More specifically old west music.
Since this crew of musicians and composers did not write “songs”, they used what they call “stems”. They use stems so that they can be intertwined with one another, and each stem relates directly to a specific action, or moment in the game.
All the music was recorded at 130bpm and in A minor so the stems can play on top of each other with out disrupting the sound or feel.
Being a musician, I think this is an important process in video games that isn’t highlighted enough. Whatever media, whether it be movies, video games, tv, etc, I think music is such a powerful part of them. They can enhance the emotional feel or attachment you have within a game, creating a much more visceral feel.
What are some of your favorite video game songs, or scores?
Mark Renna // Super PolyPixel