I can honestly say I've never attempted a score anything like this. The Creative Director and a true kindred spirit, Andrea Pessino, had said early on that he imagined something "epic but whimsical." Embrace the silly but make it huge.
Even despite the openness of that direction, I remain astonished by just how much free reign Andrea and the devs at Ready at Dawn gave me. I came back with "what about an Italian western on steroids, mixed with psychotic circus music and flamenco?" No one seemed to bat an eye, and so here we are!
As is often the case with my writing, this really is all about the soloists and this score I think packs more talent into it than any other I've attempted. At the front of group is Ksenija Sidorova, undoubtedly the world's greatest accordionist. I could never overstate the joy in discovering her playing, and then collaborating to create this minor accordion showpiece. Alongside her are guitarist Scott Tennant and violinist Sandy Cameron, similarly peerless musicians. It goes on from there, including many other soloists plus the superb orchestral musicians of both London and Macedonia.
Having the chance to write music which is fun for fun's sake, with such a wild palette, and in collaboration with such tremendous human beings is something I don't take for granted. I could never say thank you enough.
Oh, and don't ask about Troy Baker's narration. I have no explanation.
released April 21, 2017
Music composed, conducted and produced by Austin Wintory
Accordion: Ksenija Sidorova
Violin: Sandy Cameron
Classical Guitar: Scott Tennant
Guitars, dobro, electric sitar and banjo: Tom Strahle
Penny whistle and recorder: Kristin Naigus
Soprano: Holly Sedillos
Chromatic harmonica: Ross Garren
Whistler: Daniel Alcheh
Featuring narration by Troy Baker
Orchestrations: Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
MIDI transcription: M.R
Copyist: Steven Juliani Music
Recording engineer: Jake Jackson
Principal Trumpet: Phil Cobb
Principal Trombone: Richard Edwards
Contracted by Isobel Griffiths
Recorded at Air Lyndhurst Studios
Featuring the Macedonia Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Oleg Kondratenko
Recording engineer: Giorgi Hristovski
Contracted by FAMES / Laurent Koppitz
Recorded at M1 Studio, Skopje, Macedonia
Score mixer and album mastering: Steve Kempster
Music editor: Kevin Globerman
Mix assistant: Jeff Gartenbaum
Album Art Direction: Shannon Curran
Original album-inspired paintings: Angela Bermúdez
Ksenija Sidorova appears courtesy of Deutsche Grammophone
Special thanks from Austin Wintory: the Maestro Andrea Pessino, Ru Weerasuriya, Ready at Dawn and GameTrust, Ksenija Sidorova, Tugce Tez, Kristin Naigus, Sarah Kovacs and the Kraft-Engel team, Angela Bermúdez, Amin, Meg and my family.