Outlander fans will recognize the name Bear McCreary for his beautiful work on the series soundtrack. You can now listen to more of his work through Spotify.
Bear McCreary is a name that all Outlander TV series fans will know. The composer has done the work on the Outlander soundtrack from the very beginning, famous for adapting the theme tune for the location changes in the series. However, he does far more than the time-traveling romance series.
Earlier this year, he shared that he’d been working on the Cloverfield Paradox, but that’s not all. Today, he shared that he has a new album out. The soundtrack for the Gods of War (a video game for those who don’t know) has dropped on Spotify ahead of its wider release.
Along with the drop a week early, the amazing composer shared how he composed the music through the PlayStation blog. The opportunity was an honor, as McCreary has long been a fan of the franchise. What he didn’t realize when he first agreed to the project was that entirely new music was needed. He worked with game director Cory Barlog to go into new territory for the score, reinventing the brass and drums for the Norse age.
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McCreary is no strange to adapting scores to fit a new time period, as Outlander fans know. The Outlander theme tune has seen adaptations to suit Scotland, France, and Jamaica. There has even been an adaptation to suit the Colonies, which will become more focused in Outlander Season 4.
For Gods of War, McCreary was able to create new themes for the soundtrack, introducing languages and instruments from the Norse folk traditions.
While there are multiple tracks to listen to on the album, the one you may want to start with is “Memories of Mother.” This was McCreary’s first work on Gods of War and was actually for Kratos, rather than the Mother. He used the emotional story within the game to give Kratos the musical language and it became Kratos’ theme without him initially planning it to.
That’s the one that means the most to him personally, and it is a beautiful track. The music starts with a beautiful choir, set in a minor key that you will just want to close your eyes and listen to. There’s no need to know the game or the character to appreciate the softness and emotion within the music.
It’s the second track on the album, so you won’t have to delve far.
While the music is available on Spotify, it will get a wider release next week.
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