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The Banner Saga

by Austin Wintory

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Poesy Rider
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Poesy Rider Une bande originale digne de Conan (pour ne citer que l'une des plus fameuses dans le genre), c'est dire si la qualité est au rendez-vous. Il ne me reste plus qu'à écouter la troisième symphonie de John Corigliano... J'en frémis d'avance. Favorite track: Strewn Across a Bridge.
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Jordan Vauvert Ne connaissant pas The Banner Saga, mon approche de la bande-originale n'a pu se faire que sur des hypothèses : une histoire de conquêtes, des légendes nordiques qui se développent grâce à un orchestre symphonique, des cuivres à profusion... Mais plutôt que d'exploiter un style épique (et il le fait aussi haut-la-main), Austin Wintory nous fait vivre la crainte (cette guitare électrique menaçante dans "The Egg Cracks" !) et la mélancolie ("Onwards"). Au-delà de la conquête, la survie. Captivant. Favorite track: Into Dust.
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l20l307 I discovered this ost first before I bought the game. When it comes to video game music, I'm usually drawn to the battle themes. I feel like the battle themes in Banner Saga give off a slower, more "dreary" vibe (unlike in games like Final Fantasy where it gives off a more "epic" vibe), which I think reflects the refugees' hard journey and the terror that they face. It intrigued me enough to want to buy the game and ultimately immersed me deeper into the world. Favorite track: Of Our Bones, The Hills.
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Under the frozen sun, onward! No trees grow to the sky. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Áfram, undir hrímsól! Til himna teygja sig engin tré.
Only the sun has stopped. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Sólin ein hefur numið staðar.
There is no bad weather! Only bad clothing. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Illviðri eru ekki til, aðeins slæmur klæðaburður.
Give us luck, we rejoice. Teach us luck, we prosper. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Við hljótum lán og fögnum. Við lærum lán og döfnum. 3
No life goes forever unbroken. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Aldrei er líf að eilífu óbrotið.
An unblinking eye before us, the never-ending gaze. We alone see what can be shown. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Framundan einblínir stöðugt starandi auga. Við ein sjáum það sem sýnilegt er.
In the shadows of the great bridge, a long walk stills our hearts. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Á langri göngu róast hjartað í skugga brúarinnar breiðu.
Fear shall not strike our hearts! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Hjörtu okkar skulu ekki fyllast ótta!
Down an uncertain path we move. The lame runs if he must. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Við fetum háskabraut, Hinn lama flýr ef nauðsyn krefur. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - With a feast and a toss, rare laughter echoes through the trees. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Með gleðiraust hljómar fágætur hlátur í skóginum.
Into Dust 02:43
By my weaving, light passes through the land. What was not known shall soon be. My mighty catch. Scales shining in the ever-lasting sun. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Um vef minn skín ljósið á landið. Hið óþekkta kemur brátt í ljós. Minn mikli fengur. Hreistrið ljómar í sólskininu eilífa.
We are all guests upon the land. Never to stay in one place. A noble name shall never perish. I will not be forgotten - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Öll erum við gestir hér á grund. Aldrei að gista á einum stað. Göfugt nafn gleymist aldrei. Mín verður minnst.
Onward 03:11
Onward, As the endless sun lights a path Only the brave can follow Onward, Every fighting step and stumble Is not without reason Onward, Atonement rests beneath the stars For those who earn the night - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Áfram veginn sem sólin eilífa lýsir og aðeins hinir hugdjörfu geta farið. Áfram. Hvert spjótalag og hver hrösun á sér orsakir. Áfram. Friðþæging undir stjörnuhimni bíður þeirra sem verðskulda næturhvíld.


This was a very special project to be a part of. THE BANNER SAGA was my first real experience with Kickstarter, and there is something very different about being "hired" by 20,042 backers instead of a single team. The sense of responsibility with this score felt hugely magnified by that. So I hope I have delivered something worthy because not one day passed in the year and a half of work that I didn't think about that trust.

With that said, I LOVE this game and the wonderful Stoic team. So unlike anything I've ever worked on, and probably the most challenging score I've ever written. One couldn't have dreamt up something better to follow the surreal experience of JOURNEY.

Certain people need singling out for praise. Kim Campbell and Jerry Junkin are at the top of that list. To collaborate with the illustrious Dallas Winds on this game was a dream come true. Jerry completely changed my life via his commission of John Corigliano's 3rd Symphony, "Circus Maximus," (GO LISTEN TO IT if you haven't!) and so to work directly with him, and with these musicians, was beyond blissful. As Executive Director of the Dallas Winds, Kim worked long and hard to make this project happen and it simply wouldn't have without him.

Also, if you remotely enjoy this album, credit rests overwhelmingly with the musicians performing it. The Dallas Winds played with both force and nuance. It was breathtaking to record. Thanks as always to my wonderful team (all credited below) for their invaluable contributions.

Thereafter the bizarre and beautiful prepared electric guitar work of Mike Niemietz, and didgeridoo playing of Randin Graves brought something beyond what I'd hoped for.

Next were the singers. What more can be said of Peter Hollens and Malukah? They're among the best I've ever known; glorious talents and the finest human begins. It's a humbling privilege to have worked with them, and to call them dear friends. Add to that Johann Sigurdarson, whose voice I can't imagine the score without.

Finally, Taylor Davis, who sits at the heart of it all. Her violin solos are already known everywhere for the covers she's done, but to write for her and so closely collaborate was an honor. No amount of thanks will cover it.

One final word about lyrics. For the tracks containing vocals, I have added the lyrics on those specific pages. In most cases I adapted the lyrics from Norse proverbs and poetry; in others I used Alex Thomas' writing from within the game itself. Both the Icelandic and English are provided.

Ok, enough of my rambling!

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released January 14, 2014

Original score composed by Austin Wintory

Music performed by The Dallas Winds
Conducted by Jerry F. Junkin

Soloists - - - - - -
Taylor Davis, violin
Peter Hollens, vocals
Malukah, vocals
Johann Sigurdarson, vocals

Score mixed and mastered by Steve Kempster
Digital Recordist: Kevin Globerman

Prepared electric guitar: Mike Niemietz
Didgeridoo: Randin Graves
Icelandic vocals directed and casted by Rósa Guðný Þórsdóttir
Icelandic translations by Davíð Þór Jónsson
Icelandic vocals engineered by Friðrik Sturluson

Dallas Winds - - - - - -
Executive Director: Kim Campbell
Recording engineers: Keith O. Johnson, Sean Martin

Soundtrack CD produced and published by Reference Recordings


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