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The Banner Saga 2

by Austin Wintory

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Jordan Vauvert Une plongée dans l'inconnu avec avec des éléments déjà existants : c'est le paradoxe soulevé par Austin Wintory quand il évoque la bande-originale de The Banner Saga 2 d'autant plus que c'est la première fois qu'il compose pour une suite — et seul ce jeu vidéo a eu le droit à ce traitement de faveur. Pas de quoi avoir peur : elle est autant réussie que la première sinon plus. La pression est constante ("Under the Black Banner", "Threads Unweave"...) et les chants guerriers sont ensorcelants. Favorite track: Even the Trees can Smell your Blood.
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rico7878 Kickass game Volume 2, even awesomer soundtrack Volume 2!!!
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ariz89 I'm playing the first chapter, but I use it as good listening while study/work.
I love the atmosphere and some part are incredibly beautiful to listen. Favorite track: Minds like Streams and Streams like Minds.
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Zaarin This is Wintory's best work to date, easily. I love the war chants associated with the Ravens' tracks. Favorite track: Even the Trees can Smell your Blood.
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    For THE BANNER SAGA 2, Stoic Studio and I partnered with iam8bit again, and as usual the music was specially mastered for vinyl. Great care went into the mastering and art (again by Stoic's Arnie Jorgensen). This score was recorded by my hometown orchestra, The Colorado Symphony in Denver, and will forever remain a personal career highlight.

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Við erum eins og áin. Streymum áfram endalaust. Endlessly forward, Minds like streams and streams like minds.
Fastir fyrir!! Saxið þyrstir, heimtar blóð Stand tall! My blade yearns for courageous blood
Í eldinum brennur þráin eftir því að askan færi okkur frið. From fire came balance, From smoke came peace.
Senn mun blóð þitt vökva rætur Even the trees can smell your blood
To the Skies 01:00
Fram á rauða nótt Fram í rauðan dauðann Enginn veit sinn næturstað Our steps, to the night. If we shall not return, We shall not be forgotten
Grjót og stál opna gáttir sem hönd hefur læst. From the shouting of rocks, His eyes finally opened
Paths Part 02:05
Mín hinsta sjón skal vera endalaus sól This can only end with eyes at the endless sun
Úr faðmi næturinnar stökkva stjörnur. Fleiri í í kvöld en önnur kvöld. From the night, Spring the stars. More tonight than last night!
Flökta tvístruð tákn trauðla flaggið blaktir. Fjarar þrek er þúsund menn þreyta slóðann hraktir Brostnar vonir, vá veggir martröð þaktir Undir sunnu þrælar Þórs þreyta slóðann hraktir. Fram á rauða nótt Fram í rauðan dauðann Enginn veit sinn næturstað. Örlög þola´ í þögn þræðir heljar raktir Sækja fram til sólarlags synir okkar hraktir Fram á rauða nótt Fram í rauðan dauðann Enginn veit sinn næturstað. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lonely banners wave With remnants of defiance. Valor unraveling and frayed, Weary as we march onward… Broken hopes adrift, We face a wall of darkness Beneath a relentless sun. Weary as we march onward… Our steps, to the night. If we shall not return, We shall not be forgotten Solemn is the trail Of inevitable choices made Should the sun not set again We will still march onward Our steps, to the night. If we shall not return, We shall not be forgotten


THE BANNER SAGA is one of my favorite things to have ever been part of, but despite that approaching the sequel was a huge challenge. It was the first sequel I've ever scored, and so reconciling old ideas with new ones proved tricky. Add to that that the game is actually pretty different based on how the first one ended (who fired the arrow???), and that has implications for the score and the need to capture multiple perspectives (or in some cases, compose entirely alternate cues).

As ever though, in the end, it was a joy and privilege to work on. The wonderful Stoic Studio prove to be the perfect collaborators yet again; they simultaneously push me and yet remain quite hands-off. While conducting the recording sessions I kept frequently thinking "I can't believe they okay'd this!"

One last note about the performers: I was very lucky to have two new major additions to our Banner this time out. The orchestra itself came in the form of the Colorado Symphony, my hometown orchestra, recorded in their native Boettcher Concert Hall in downtown Denver. How giddy I felt standing there recording this in a place I visited many times as a kid.

Also, adding to the splendid vocal work of Malukah and Peter Hollens, comes a phenomenal Icelandic band called Árstíðir. These four musicians are world class. I discovered them on YouTube and became an instant fan. I bought all their albums and then proceeded to stalk them until they agreed to sing on the score. The various icelandic war chants and anthems, and of course the final song "Our Steps, To the Night" are simply unfathomable without them.

Of course, capping it all off I am once more honored to have Taylor Davis grounding the winds and brass with her lone violin.

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released April 19, 2016

Music composed, conducted and produced by Austin Wintory

Performed by the Colorado Symphony

Árstíðir – vocals
Taylor Davis – violin

Peter Hollens – vocals
Malukah – vocals
Holly Sedillos – vocals

Noah Gladstone – bukkehorn
Mike Niemietz – prepared electric guitar
Randin Graves – didgeridoo
Accordion – Austin Wintory

Orchestrations - Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
MIDI transcription - M.R. Miller
Copyist – Steven Juliani Music
Librarian for the Colorado Symphony – Joanne Goble

Score engineer and mixer – Steve Kempster
ProTools digital recordist and music editor – Kevin Globerman
Mix assistant – Jeff Gartenbaum
Score implementation – John Watson
Album Art: Arnie Jorgensen

Lyrics by Malukah and Austin Wintory
Translations by Andri Þór Sturluson

Special thanks: the incredible soloists, the musicians of the Colorado Symphony, my extraordinary crew (Susie, Steve, Kevin, Mike, Jeff), Anthony Pierce, Kyle Kamrath, Sarah Kovacs, Amin, my family and Meg.

And finally Stoic Studio for their incredible game design and fearless artistic vision. Onward to chapter 3!


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