The Banner Saga 2

by Austin Wintory

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about

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.

THE BANNER SAGA 2, available on Steam:
store.steampowered.com/app/281640

LINKS to stuff:
www.arstidir.com#home
stoicstudio.com
twitter.com/awintory
austinwintory.com

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released April 19, 2016

Music composed, conducted and produced by Austin Wintory

Performed by the Colorado Symphony

Featuring:
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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Track Name: Minds like Streams and Streams like Minds
Við erum eins og áin.
Streymum áfram endalaust.

Endlessly forward,
Minds like streams and streams like minds.
Track Name: Blades Yearn for Courageous Blood
Fastir fyrir!!
Saxið þyrstir, heimtar blóð

Stand tall!
My blade yearns for courageous blood
Track Name: Descended from Fire
Í eldinum brennur þráin
eftir því að askan færi okkur frið.

From fire came balance,
From smoke came peace.
Track Name: Even the Trees can Smell your Blood
Senn mun blóð þitt vökva rætur

Even the trees can smell your blood
Track Name: Children of the Fallen
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
Track Name: From the Shouting Rocks, his Eyes finally Opened
Grjót og stál opna gáttir
sem hönd hefur læst.

From the shouting of rocks,
His eyes finally opened
Track Name: With Eyes to the Endless Sun
Mín hinsta sjón skal vera endalaus sól

This can only end with eyes at the endless sun
Track Name: More Stars Tonight than Last Night
Úr faðmi næturinnar
stökkva stjörnur.
Fleiri í í kvöld en önnur kvöld.

From the night,
Spring the stars.
More tonight than last night!
Track Name: Our Steps, To the 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.

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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