God of War: Ghost of Sparta Original Soundtrack

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God of War: Ghost of Sparta Original Soundtrack
Лицевая сторона
Composed by Gerard K. Marino / Mike Reagan
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment America
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 Digital - 17 tracks
Release date November 2, 2010
Duration 00:41:20
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Overview

Following the official end of the God of War trilogy on PlayStation's home consoles, many were surprised that Sony Computer Entertainment announced a portable successor with God of War: Ghost of Sparta. The game's sales were disappointing — perhaps in part due to the decline of the PSP since the earlier spinoff God of War: Chains of Olympus — though its presentation was generally praised. Whereas Chains of Olympus featured approximately 13 minutes of new music, Gerard Marino and Mike Reagan returned to score over 40 minutes of new music for Ghost of Sparta. The game's soundtrack was released digitally and was free downloadable content for those who pre-ordered the game.

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Easily the greatest highlights on the score are Mike Reagan's setting themes. While lacking the thematic definition of past openers, "Atlantis" is an excellent start to the score, given the way it plunges listeners back into the Greek tragedy while reflecting a novel scenario. It's especially effective how world instrument performances — courtesy of Reagan himself — are incorporated here and the hammered dulcimer is a particularly good complement for the city. "The Caldera" is another clear favourite on the score, with the tremolo cello and heavy percussion elements depicting the engulfing lava, while the mountains of Aroania are made all the more immersive with the spell-binding soprano voice on its setting theme. Anyone who has experienced Darksiders will realize that Reagan is an excellent vocal writer and this eerie track further reflects his talents.

Gerard Marino's contribution to the game is largely dedicated to underscoring the game's dramatic and emotional story, which features Kratos exploring his haunting past. "The Brother" is particularly impacting and revealing in the series it is used in with its large-scale orchestrations and choral work, capturing the full melodrama of the Greek tragedy like past instalments. Further explorations of the sibling's relationship are offered in the pensive and understated "The Fallen Brother", as well as the edgy and climactic "Brothers in Arms"; yet like many themes in the series, they are principally effective in context and are a little too brief to fully satisfy outside it. For budget and technical reasons, all the choral and orchestral elements are sampled here, but it is not a significant detriment to the score thanks to cutting-edge technology.

It is notable that Marino bases most of these themes on the central motif of the original God of War theme. It helps to bring the series round full circle thematically — in both the musical and literary sense — while still offering fresh perspectives on the saga. An even more notable reprise is featured on Mike Reagan's "Ghost of Sparta", which undergoes a considerable dramatic arch during its three minute playtime. As its title suggests, this track is rather encompassing through the way it incorporates different emotional and worldly features throughout. However, it is also less melodramatic than Marino's contributions, which will appeal for those looking for a more subtle approach to representing Kratos' internal and outward conflicts. Well, subtle for gaming's most overstated series at least...

The final three tracks are among the original compositions Gerard Marino created for God of War: Chains of Olympus, which otherwise featured reprised music from the rest of the series. "Caliope" and "Persian Combat" capture the series' characteristic brutality with their heavy orchestral texturing and Middle Eastern tonalities; it's particularly impressive how Marino incorporated an epic chorus to complete the gigantic former and a Persian vocalist in the latter to add to the sense of place. "The Wrath of Charon" also features impressive soundscaping, descending from a rasping orchestral introduction into eerie ambience. Overall, these tracks are a pleasant bonus and makes the library of officially released God of War music significantly more wider and complete.

Summary

The soundtrack for God of War: Ghost of Sparta stands up well alongside the main instalments in the series. Some tracks were clearly intended for purely contextual purposes — either too overblown or too brief to really satisfy as musical works in their own right — but a number of contributions make up for this and Marino's setting themes are especially remarkable examples. This digital release is largely well-presented and complete, with the bonus tracks being particularly welcome highlights, though isn't quite as rich or vast as God of War III preceding it. Either way, it is worthy of downloading, available both as a pre-order bonus and worldwide commercially through iTunes.



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В студии Майка Ригана

Накануне выхода God of War: Ghost of Sparta для PSP (официальный релиз, кстати говоря, сегодня), коллектив сайта SoundWorks Collections наведался в находящуюся в Лос-Анджелесе студию Майка Ригана, одного из основных композиторов франчайза God of War. Результатом визита стало это видео. SoundWorks Collection: Mike Reagan,... Expand

 02.11.2010    2383

Предварительный Спартанец

Саундтрек God of War: Ghost of Sparta будет включен в комплект предзаказа игры. Авторами музыки выступят уже знакомые нам по предыдущим "Богам" Джерард Марино и Майк Риган. Пока неизвестно будет ли это ваучер на скачивание или полноценный диск, однако, памятуя о природе изданий для PSP,... Expand

 24.09.2010    1404

Призрак Спарты обзавёлся саундтреком

Стала известна официальная дата выхода еще одного приквела God of War для платформы Sony PSP - Ghost of Sparta. Игра выйдет 2 ноября 2010 года. Интересен тот факт, что для всех, не поленившихся и сделавших предзаказ сейчас, будет открыт доступ к эксклюзивному загружаемому контенту, в который... Expand

 04.08.2010    1255
Album was composed by Gerard K. Marino / Mike Reagan and was released on November 2, 2010. Soundtrack consists of 17 tracks tracks with duration over about 45 minutes. Album was released by Sony Computer Entertainment America.

CD 1

1
Atlantis
Mike Reagan
03:09
2
Deimos
Gerard Marino
02:05
3
The Caldera
Mike Reagan
03:17
4
Battle With the Scylla
Mike Reagan
01:34
5
City of Ashes
Gerard Marino
02:44
6
Aroania Mountains
Mike Reagan
03:09
7
Daughter of Death
Gerard Marino
01:44
8
Ghost of Sparta
Mike Reagan
03:00
9
The Brother
Gerard Marino
01:54
10
Canyons of Sorrow
Gerard Marino
03:10
11
The Fallen Brother
Gerard Marino
02:49
12
Death’s Domain
Mike Reagan
03:21
13
Deimos’ Revenge
Gerard Marino
01:36
14
Brothers In Arms
Gerard Marino
01:21
15
Calliope (Bonus Track)
Gerard Marino
02:53
16
The Wrath of Charon (Bonus Track)
Gerard Marino
01:57
17
Persian Combat (Bonus Track)
Gerard Marino
01:37
30.04.12
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