Simply a stunning achievement of genre-bending composition and pristine musicianship (Ksenija Sidorova KILLS it!). Nearly peerless among indie game soundtracks, Wintory's clarity of vision here is on par with the likes of Nobuo Uematsu's FF7 and Mahito Yokota's SMG soundtracks. One of the finest game scores that unfortunately too few people have heard from a game too few people ever played.
Favorite track: Spherical Disharmony.
Eccentric, hopelessly dance-inducing, Deformers is an unhinged, Wintory-branded mastery and nurturing of every soloist personality Austin brought on & collaborated in a creatively unleashed environment.
Favorite track: Bovine-Ursine Animosity.
I'm glad this album has Without VoiceOver option :p Overall, I love this album because the duel/fight music just gets me fired up! I've never heard this type of music before, and I think it's quite unique. thankyouthankyouthankyou!
Favorite track: Spherical Disharmony.
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. Miller
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.
This trombone quartet, composed by my dear friend Jeremy Howard Back, won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and couldn't be more deserving. This is a piece of RAW POWER. Just get it ... Austin Wintory
It is literally impossible for me to pick one favorite track from this game, all of the music is my favorite! However, if I did have to pick one, I'd pick First Steps. It's the perfect introduction to the grand journey that Celeste is and is really nostalgic to me, reminding me of when I first found Celeste Classic and discovered there was a much larger adventure with Madeline waiting for me at the peak of Celeste Mountain! sdg1