It's hard to put into words how phenomenal this album is, and what an achievement it is to make a coherent, catchy, and moving interactive musical. I've never seen anything like it before and I might never again. Every time I think I've decided what my favourite version of each song is, I fall in love with a new one. It is full of endless rewards.
Favorite track: Challenging a Queen (feat. Mary Elizabeth McGlynn & Laura Bailey).
Four versions can't capture the full magic of Stray Gods, but it comes close. Each song in each version, though they start from the same tune, evolve into radically different songs over their course, adding rich variation. I heavily favor the Green Edition just because that was my first playthrough of the game, but I've found a lot to love in the rock aesthetic of the Red Edition and the smoother tones of the Blue Edition as well.
Favorite track: The Ritual - Green Edition (feat. Merle Dandridge, Laura Bailey, Abubaker Salim & Troy Baker).
In 2018, Summerfall Studios' co-founder Liam Esler and I had a chance, fortuitous meeting in San Francisco, and inside of 30 seconds had pledged to make a videogame musical together. It would prove to be scary, immensely beyond the scope of our initial guesses, and also among the most rewarding undertakings of my entire life.
I have no ability to really summarize the rollercoaster that is Stray Gods. This challenged me across every dimension and I only hope the resulting work indicates I managed to at least partially rise to meet it. To work so closely with my gaggle of cowriters on the songs (Tripod's Steven Gates, Simon Hall and Scott Edgar, as well as Montaigne), the core dev team and of course this mind boggling lineup of actors ... how do I even unpack it all?? I grew more than I could ever say.
Because of the sprawling branching nature of the game and music, you'll notice there are 4 albums: Red, Green, Blue and Pantheon (separated on streaming platforms but all combined here for your convenience!). The 3 colors represent your trait choices and those albums constitute how the game would play if you dogmatically chose the same color at every juncture. In contrast, the "Pantheon" album (which also contains highlights from the score), is a path that intermingles the traits in a manner that I think accurately captures *a* sample playthru.
To be clear: THERE IS NO CANON VERSION OF THESE SONGS. The *entire* point is for you to experiment, roleplay, and enjoy (or agonize over) whatever results from your choices. No matter how many albums I release it'll never comprehensively archive every possible version of the game. So, really, I suggest you just go play it and have fun!
Thank you to everyone for checking out this colossal labor of love, especially the army of talent you see credited on this page. Each made a huge mark on this project.
Songs cowritten by Austin Wintory, Tripod (Simon Hall, Steven Gates, Scott Edgar) and Montaigne
Songs produced by Austin Wintory and Joris Hoogsteder
Cast performances directed by Troy Baker and Austin Wintory
Grace – Laura Bailey
Freddie – Janina Gavankar
Calliope – Ashley Johnson
Hermes – Erika Ishii
Athena – Felicia Day
Aphrodite – Merle Dandridge
Persephone – Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Apollo – Troy Baker
Pan – Khary Payton
Eros – Abubaker Salim
Venus – Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer
Medusa – Anjali Bhimani
Orpheus – Anthony Rapp
Hecate – Allegra Clark
Asterion – Rahul Kohli
Tom Strahle – Acoustic guitars, electric guitars, electric bass, guitarlele, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin
Andrew Leonard – Clarinet, bass clarinet
Nile Wilson (Harpsona) – Harp
Eric Snoza – Acoustic bass
Joris Hoogsteder – Drums
Kristin Naigus – Alto and tenor recorders, melodica, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet
Sidney Hopson – Vibraphone
Paul Cartwright – Violin, viola
Ian Roller – Alto, tenor, baritone saxophones
Ross Garren – Chromatic harmonica
Peter Sachon – Mandocello
Khrys Williams – Trumpet
Sara Andon – Flute
Alex Moukala – Additional electric bass
Mason Lieberman – Additional cello solos
Steven Gates & Simon Hall – Additional guitars and backup vocals
Cremaine Booker – Additional cello solos
Ro Rowan – Additional cello solos
Andrew Pogson – Additional alto sax
Dallas Crane – Additional trumpets
Rachel Hardy – Additional vocals
Colm McGuinness – Additional vocals
Austin Wintory – Accordion
Score composed and produced by Austin Wintory
Songs and score mixed by Austin Wintory
Additional music, synth programming, arrangements and mixing by Joris Hoogsteder
Additional music by Alex Moukala
Additional arrangements by Mason Lieberman
Additional string charts by Brian LaGuardia
Additional Lyrics by David Gaider and Liam Esler
Orchestrations by Austin Wintory
Copying by Steven Juliani Music
MIDI Transcription and additional copying by Dallas Crane
Orchestral strings performed by Orchestra Victoria, conducted by Austin Wintory
String sessions engineered by Ross Cockle (Melbourne, Australia)
Additional string session engineered by Nick Spezia (Nashville, TN, USA)
Cast sessions ProTools wrangled by M.R. Miller
Music editing and ProTools prep by Kevin Globerman
WWise integration by Steve Green
Albums mastered by Steve Kempster
Additional Muse vocals: Ashley Barrett, Brant Michael Fernandez, Rachel Hardy, Rebekah Moss, Justin Saint, Adam De Wilde
Fig choir: Alyx Beauchamp, Tyler Boyce, Kitty Byrne, Brandy Camel, Jason L. Cassidy, Alex Chevallier, Riley Davis, Kym Farley, Scott Forsyth, Grace Frick, Madelaine Gardiner, Matt Hemler, Brittany Holland, Ceri Hutton, Stacey Jensen, Ian C. Jones, Alma Jordan, Hanna Karlsson, Eden Kennedy-Amor, Sunny Kling, Mathias Koh, Kathy Liu, Kyle Mastrandrea, Justine Matulewicz, Angie May, Alecia Meila, Crystal Mora, Tim Oliver, Eiron Page, Jennifer Pipinou, Robin Regalado, Jem Rolfe, Keith Sanderson, Hahns Shin, Sarah Shope, Rebecca Snowden, Chris Steckler, Kieron Stoff, Theo Tunks, Liana Walsh, Karin Weekes-West, Talia Wilde, Rachael Williamson, Elizabeth Wiltshire, Trevin York
Special Thanks: Ken Wong, Adam Gubman, Creative Victoria, Ross Cockle, Elise Lerpiniere, Andrew Pogson, Elie Young, Jack Fletcher, Sondra Mayer, Kelly Wolfgramm, Jude Perl, Sarah Kovacs and my Muse, Angela Bermudez.
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
every time I come back to this album it kind of blows my mind how incredible it is. I like "video game music" but mostly just have fond memories of simcity 2k and phantasy star online soundtracks. this is on a whole other level. it's enhanced by my memories of the game of course, but it really does tell the story and stand on its own. brian