Too often in the games industry and as gamers I feel we forget or don’t know enough about the incredibly talented people behind video game soundtracks. Which is ridiculous, considering music and sound design are such integral elements in video games. Whether it is pumping you up to face the terrors of hell in Doom, a crowd roaring in FIFA when you score a goal or the subtle music playing and noises in the background of a horror game, building tension which adds to the atmosphere in a scene.
One of these maestros working diligently to compose these scores and enhancing player’s experiences, is the American composer Austin Wintory. The brains behind such soundtracks for games as the beautiful and elegant Journey, the visually striking strategy Banner Saga series, or Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and many many more games you’ve likely played.
In the lead up to the release of his latest project Absolver from French studio Sloclap and publisher Devolver Digital, we chatted to him not only about his own work on, but about his favourite video game composers and their soundtracks too. Grab a set of headphones or crank up your speakers, because we have some stunning soundtracks for you to have a listen to.