GAMEPLAY: Atmospheres

Jul 4, 2020

The cover art for the city-building simulation videogame Surviving Mars.
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  On this week’s episode: game music that sets a mood.

 

Though plenty of videogames are about pulse-pounding action thrills, there are also lots of games that are more atmospheric, reflective, even meditative, and music plays a major part in creating the atmosphere for your experience.

 

We’ll sail peacefully down majestic dunes, take our first steps up a mystical mountain, and even build a colony on the surface of Mars.

This week’s full episode and playlist are available below, along with behind-the-scenes videos for a few of this week's soundtracks!

 

A promotional poster for the game Journey, whose soundtrack by Austin Wintory was the first game score to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Score for Visual Media.
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  Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance.  Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

 

 


 

Episode tracklist:

  1. Austin Wintory - Nascence (Journey) - Skopje Radio Symphonic Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  2. Austin Wintory - The Call (Journey) - Skopje Radio Symphonic Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  3. Austin Wintory - Threshold (Journey) - Skopje Radio Symphonic Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  4. Lena Raine - Golden (Celeste) - Original soundtrack

  5. George Strezov - H2O (Surviving Mars) - Sofia Session Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  6. George Strezov - MgO (Surviving Mars) - Sofia Session Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  7. Nainita Desai - Trust (Telling Lies) - London Contemporary Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  8. Nainita Desai - Telling Lies - Dawn (Telling Lies) - London Contemporary Orchestra - Original soundtrack

  9. Joel Schoch - Not Alone (FAR: Lone Sails) - Original soundtrack

  10.  Joel Schoch - Sail, My Friend! (FAR: Lone Sails) - Original soundtrack

  11. Lena Raine - Madeline and Theo (Celeste) - Original soundtrack

 

Telling Lies: Behind the Music with composer Nainita Desai

 

Making the score for Surviving Mars with composer George Strezov