Meditations is a perfect title for this album. It’s unobtrusive, oriental-hued ambience is great for focused listening or for background audio when you’re not wanting your thoughts to be distracted. It’s spell is subtle and pleasant. Acoustical strings are gently plucked/strummed; oriental-sounding wind instruments weave their magic; etc. A wonderful bargain for 2 hrs of peaceful, reflective music. Well done, Mr. Wintory & cohorts! I highly recommend this ambient masterpiece! 9/10.
With such a range of emotions, this album is definitely one of the best that Wintory has every produced. Symphonic and epic to intimate and gentle: this album is something to behold.
Favorite track: Rite.
The official soundtrack's "little sibling" is awesome if you prefer a somewhat more chill time with the same style and instruments. No battle music, nothing to adventurous - meditations, as the title says, the beautiful music illustrating the walk across the beautiful landscapes in the game.
Favorite track: Shoreline.
Because THE PATHLESS has an open world design in which the player has great freedom to explore, the music in-game is designed to be very flexible and expansive. As you roam, the score has various methods by which it remixes and rearranges material, to avoid anything ever feeling repetitious or fatiguing.
The initial soundtrack album focused on the primary narrative beats of the story, specifically the Hunter's journey from start to end. As a result, a huge amount of the music was cut or heavily abbreviated. This album provides most of that cut music, and is also more representative of how one might experience it in-game. That said, the more exciting variations that are possible are skipped here too, to make for a hopefully very relaxed, introspective listening experience.
released December 4, 2020
Original Music Composed and Produced by Austin Wintory
The Alash Ensemble:
Bady-Dorzhu Ondar (vocals and igil)
Ayan-ool Sam (vocals and doshpuluur)
Ayan Shirizhik (vocals and murgu, shoor and kengirge)
Nyckelharpa: Morgan O’Shaughnessey
Dizi, xiao, bansuri, tin whistles, bamboo flutes and oboe: Kristin Naigus
Oud, lute, sitar: Tom Strahle
Double bass: Eric Snoza
Baritone violin: Paul Cartwright
Flute and alto flute: Amy Tatum
Bass clarinet: Andrew Leonard
Contrabassoon: Anthony Parnther
Viol de gamba: Malachai Bandy
Percussion: MB Gordy
Vocals: Uyanga Bold
Additional vocals: Psamathes
FX Vocals: Bastiaan Van Bentum
Additional guitar: Enoc Benitez
Additional guitar: Joel Finney
Additional percussion: Joshua Roberts
Bass Kazoo: Austin Wintory
Strings performed by the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra at FAMES recording stage (Skopje, Macedonia)
Conducted by Oleg Kondratenko
Textural chamber ensemble recordings performed by The Fifth House Ensemble (Chicago, USA)
Alash Ensemble recorded at John Kilgore Sound & Recording (New York City) and Bias Studios (Washington DC)
Orchestrations by Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
MIDI prep: M.R. Miller
Music copyist: Steven Juliani Music
Score mixer and album mastering: Steve Kempster
ProTools recordist and music editor: Kevin Globerman
Assistant engineer: Matt Friedman
Album art direction by Matt Nava
Special Thanks: Matt Nava and Giant Squid, Matt Fielding, Erica Ishijima, Annapurna Interactive, Sean Quirk, iam8bit, Peter Hollens, Joris Hoogsteder, Sarah Kovacs and Kraft-Engel Management, Dallas Crane, my amazing partner in SoundCrime Steve Green, my family 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