Mercenaries Original Soundtrack

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Covers release: Myrkul
Composed by Chris Tilton / Michael Giacchino
Arranged by Chris Tilton / Larry Kenton / Mark Gasbaro / Matthew Ferraro / Steve Zuckerman / Tim Simonec
Published by La-La Land Records
Catalog number LLLCD 1029
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 CD - 21 tracks
Release date December 14, 2004
Duration 00:58:29
Genres Choir / Classical
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Overview

Well-known to many score fans through his participation on film and video game music message boards, New Orleans native Chris Tilton has worn many hats in the industry, from orchestrator to composer to fan. His career has been closely tied to that of his friend Michael Giacchino, who first hired Tilton as an assistant on the hit TV show Alias. Tilton soon found plentiful Hollywood work, orchestrating and composing additional music for many of Giacchino's big and small screen scores, including a significant portion of the music for seasons 4 and 5 of Alias, Mission: Impossible III, The Family Stone, and The Incredibles.

It was in the field of video game music, though, that Tilton made his biggest splash. His first major solo project, 2004's Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction, allowed him to create a full-length, fully orchestral score virtually on his own, with impressive results. More high-profile assignments like 2006's Black would follow; both it and Mercenaries received full soundtrack releases as well.

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While Giacchino provided the driving "Mercenaries Main Theme," Tilton filled out the remaining 55 minutes of music as a solo effort. The main theme, which has a bold aggressiveness that wouldn't be out of place in a Medal of Honor game, is a staple of the album's explosive action pieces. Tracks like "Allied Nations" and "Deck of 52" feature the theme alongside terrifically impressive brass and percussion, and the result is better than many of the large-scale cues in modern movies. As befits the game's setting, there's often a Bond-style lit to these pieces as well.

The action set pieces are broken up by quieter, but no less impressive, music. Tilton incorporates powerful choral work into "Hidden Valley Bunker" before segueing into string-slashing suspense music, while "For the Motherland," the theme of the in-game Russian Mafia, features soulful Godfather-like strings. In many ways these suspense tracks are more compelling than the battle music, as the writing is entirely Tilton's own as he rarely references Giacchino's theme in them.

If the album has any weakness, it's that Tilton doesn't establish themes of his own. The music is strong but Giacchino's music remains the unifying thread throughout, albeit seamlessly integrated. Though Giacchino and Tilton would collaborate in the future, Tilton was also allowed free reign to write his own themes in many of his later scores.

Summary

These qualms aside, Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction is a must for fans of orchestral video game music. In fact, as mentioned above, it's superior to many pieces appearing in modern action films, and served as a clear announcement of Tilton's arrival in the limelight of game scoring.



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Alex Watson

Executive Album Producers For La-La Land Records – Michael V. Gerhard and Matt Verboys

Album Produced by LucasArts with Michael Giacchino and Ford A. Thaxton in Association With La-La Land Records

Mastered by James Nelson at Digial Outland
CD Art Direction: Mark Banning
Art Created by Pandemix Studios
Original Themes by Michael Giacchino
Original Score by Chris Tilton
Conducted and Orchestrated by Tim Simonec
Additional Orchestration – Matthew Ferraro, Steve Zuckerman, Larry Kenton, Mark Gasbaro, Chris Tilton
Recorded by Steve Smith at St. Thomas Chapel, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA
Mixed by Dan Wallin at Dreammaker Studios
Contractor and Concertmaster – Simon James
Choral Director – Joe Crnko
Score performed by The Northwest Sinfonia
Music Copyist – Gregg Nestor
Score Prep and Nonsensical Latin Lyrics by Chad Seiter
Music Editing and Album Assembly by Chris Tilton

Michael Giacchino would like to thank: all the usual suspects plus Chris Tilton and Peter Hirschmann.

Christ Tilton would like to thank Mom, Dad, Michael Giacchino, Peter Hirschmann, Tim Simonec, Simon James, Dan Wallin, Steve Smith, Chad Seiter, and Erik Woods
Album was composed by Chris Tilton / Michael Giacchino and was released on December 14, 2004. Soundtrack consists of 21 tracks tracks with duration over about 60 minutes. Album was released by La-La Land Records.

Sounds like Choir, Classical - that's what we can say about this album.

CD 1

1
Mercenaries Main Theme
04:13
2
Destination: DMZ
03:39
3
Allied Nations
03:24
4
Mercenary Without A Cause
05:41
5
Deck of 52
02:05
6
For the Motherland
02:33
7
Family Business
03:04
8
Show Me the Mercenary
02:06
9
Honor and Strength
03:28
10
Hidden Valley Bunker
04:55
11
Sniper
02:17
12
Swedish Fireballs
03:05
13
Trouble at Work
02:07
14
Trains, Planes, and HMMWVs
02:04
15
Relentless Pursuit
02:27
16
Gas Tank on the Roof
01:05
17
Explosion Scherzo
01:53
18
Thermal Event
02:13
19
Countdown
03:07
20
The Blinding Flash
01:09
21
World's Best Carpool Lane
01:54
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