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GAMEPLAY: Humankind

Humankind wide cover - Gameplay
The soundtrack to 2021 strategy game Humankind contains nearly 10 hours of music and took 3 years of production.

The Slovak National Symphony, a chorus singing Sophocles, and traditional music from around the world.

This week, we’ll tour the truly epic original soundtrack to Humankind, a strategy game whose inspiring music features the Slovak National Symphony, a chorus singing words of Sophocles, and traditional music from around the world.

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. Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

To hear the full episode, click the link above! Here's the playlist:

Arnaud Roy - Signs (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Arnaud Roy: lyre, psaltery; Julien Leonard: viola da gamba; Jean Noel Godard, percussion

Arnaud Roy - Humankind (Main Title) (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Carole Matras: vocals; Julien Leonard: viola da gamba; Alexandre Bobe: duduk, percussion; Jean Noel Godard, percussion; Arnaud Roy, percussion

Arnaud Roy - Lyre of Apollo 2 (Humankind) - Arnaud Roy, lyre

Arnaud Roy - Kithara of the Golden Age 18 (Humankind) - Arnaud Roy, kithara

Arnaud Roy - Kithara of the Golden Age 3 (Humankind) - Arnaud Roy, kithara

Arnaud Roy - Kithara of the Golden Age 19 (Humankind) - Arnaud Roy, kithara

Arnaud Roy - Amongst the Mighty (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Julien Leonard, viola da gamba

Traditional - Khulsan Tashuur (Humankind) - Bouzhigmaa Santaro, morin khuur

Traditional - Tatlaga 4 (Humankind) - Bouzhigmaa Santaro, morin khuur

Arnaud Roy - Mandate of Heaven (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Sissy Zhou, guzheng; Arnaud Roy, harp; Alexandre Bobe, xiao; Jean Noel Godard, Maxime Legrand: percussion

Traditional - Kora Improvisation 5 (Humankind) - Cherif Soumano, kora

Traditional - Kora Improvisation 3 (Humankind) - Cherif Soumano, kora

Arnaud Roy - The Thyiads Circle (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Cherif Soumano, kora

Arnaud Roy - Conquered Lands (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Julien Leonard, Myriam Rignol: viola da gamba; Jerome Van Waerbeke, baroque violin; Arnaud Roy, dulcimer, percussion; Jean Noel Godard, percussion; Maxime Legrand, percussion

Arnaud Roy - Deus Ora Movet (Humankind) - Slovak National Symphony; Carole Matras: vocals; Julien Leonard, viola da gamba; Alexandre Bobe; duduk

Check out this amazing performance video of themes from Humankind, featuring the Slovak National Symphony, chorus, and soloists:

Here's a behind-the-scenes video on the making of the orchestral soundtrack, featuring composer Arnaud Roy:

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.