The Banner Saga

Austin Wintory

The Banner Saga

Austin Wintory

The Banner Saga
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  1. 1 We Will Not Be Forgotten 00:45
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    We Will Not Be Forgotten by Austin Wintory
  2. 2 How did it come to This? 02:48
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    How did it come to This? by Austin Wintory
  3. 3 No Tree Grows to the Sky 02:41
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    No Tree Grows to the Sky by Austin Wintory
  4. 4 Only the Sun has Stopped 01:20
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    Only the Sun has Stopped by Austin Wintory
  5. 5 Cut with a Keen-Edged Sword 03:31
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    Cut with a Keen-Edged Sword by Austin Wintory
  6. 6 Huddled in the Shadows 03:02
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    Huddled in the Shadows by Austin Wintory
  7. 7 There is no Bad Weather 00:58
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    There is no Bad Weather by Austin Wintory
  8. 8 Teach us Luck 00:32
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    Teach us Luck by Austin Wintory
  9. 9 No Life Goes Forever Unbroken 02:49
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    No Life Goes Forever Unbroken by Austin Wintory
  10. 10 Little Did They Sleep 02:10
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    Little Did They Sleep by Austin Wintory
  11. 11 An Unblinking Eye 01:05
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    An Unblinking Eye by Austin Wintory
  12. 12 Thunder before Lightning 02:49
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    Thunder before Lightning by Austin Wintory
  13. 13 Embers in the Wind 01:25
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    Embers in the Wind by Austin Wintory
  14. 14 A Long Walk Stills Our Hearts 01:20
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    A Long Walk Stills Our Hearts by Austin Wintory
  15. 15 The Egg Cracks 02:02
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    The Egg Cracks by Austin Wintory
  16. 16 Three Days to Cross 02:03
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    Three Days to Cross by Austin Wintory
  17. 17 Walls no Man has Seen 01:55
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    Walls no Man has Seen by Austin Wintory
  18. 18 Strewn Across a Bridge 06:03
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    Strewn Across a Bridge by Austin Wintory
  19. 19 Weary the Weight of the Sun 01:49
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    Weary the Weight of the Sun by Austin Wintory
  20. 20 An Uncertain Path 02:09
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    An Uncertain Path by Austin Wintory
  21. 21 Into Dust 02:43
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    Into Dust by Austin Wintory
  22. 22 On the Hides of Wild Beasts 01:22
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    On the Hides of Wild Beasts by Austin Wintory
  23. 23 From the Table to the Axe 01:15
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    From the Table to the Axe by Austin Wintory
  24. 24 A Sunken City 01:42
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    A Sunken City by Austin Wintory
  25. 25 Our Heels Bleed from the Bites of Wolves 01:59
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    Our Heels Bleed from the Bites of Wolves by Austin Wintory
  26. 26 Long Past that Last Sigh 02:45
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    Long Past that Last Sigh by Austin Wintory
  27. 27 Of Our Bones, The Hills 10:18
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    Of Our Bones, The Hills by Austin Wintory
  28. 28 We are all Guests upon the Land 02:21
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    We are all Guests upon the Land by Austin Wintory
  29. 29 Onward 03:11
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    Onward by Austin Wintory

About

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. Eery and creepy but also haunting and lovely. Afterwards, my regular collaborator Noah Gladstone brought me an actual viking instrument, the bukkehorn. It is NOT an easy thing to play and of course he nailed it. There is also a fair amount of added percussion I recorded after the Dallas (because apparently having 7(!) in the orchestra wasn't enough!) and that was done by the ever-masterful MB Gordy.

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.

Enough of my rambling!

LINKS to stuff:
stoicstudio.com
twitter.com/awintory
austinwintory.com
credits
releases 14 January 2014
Original score composed and produced by Austin Wintory

Music performed by The Dallas Winds
Conducted by Jerry F. Junkin and Austin Wintory

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

Orchestrations by Susie Seiter and Austin Wintory
Score mixed and mastered by Steve Kempster
Digital Recordist: Kevin Globerman
Copyist: Steve Juliani

Prepared electric guitar: Mike Niemietz
Didgeridoo: Randin Graves
Bukkehorn: Noah Gladstone
Percussion: MB Gordy
Accordion: Austin Wintory
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 engineer: Keith O. Johnson
Assistant Engineer: Sean Martin
Score Reader: Donald McKinney

Soundtrack CD produced and published by Reference Recordings

The Banner Saga is an album by Austin Wintory containing 1.18 hours of music.

Contributors

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