Homefront Original Soundtrack

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Homefront Original Soundtrack
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Composed by Мэттью Харвуд
Published by Sumthing Else
Release type Game Soundtrack - Official Release
Format 1 Digital - 34 tracks
Release date March 08, 2011
Duration 01:11:47
Genres Classical / Classical: Modern / Electronica / Electronica: Big Beat / Electronica: Cinematic
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Overview

Homefront is Kaos Studios' second game, following Frontlines: Fuel of War, and it once again features a 'what if' scenario and first-person shooter gameplay. Matthew Harwood returned to score the game, but took a rather different approach: focusing more on orchestra than electronics. Despite stepping considerably outside his comfort zone, the composed succeeded in producing a solid soundtrack. Coinciding with the release of the game, the soundtrack was commemorated with a physical and digital release by Sumthing Else Music Works.

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The symphonic main theme for Homefront is a solid one to define the game. The main brass melody is clearly inspired by military tradition, but still captures the courageous nature of the hero. During the development sections, Harwood captures the frantic and dramatic nature of the action through numerous twists and turns. The string runs and dissonant orchestration at the conclusion emphasises that this is just the beginning of the experience. Harwood manages to integrate the main theme into a number of other tracks on the score to engaging effect, for instance during the centre of the more soothing preparation theme "Lobby" or in certain phrases during the blistering action cue "Back Yard Battle". Though the theme is occasionally laboured, the various reprises ensure that the score comes together as a fulfilling whole.

Following in the tradition of other first-person shooters, Harwood ensures the action themes on Homefront are both dominant and exciting. The most impressive example for stand-alone listening is "Golden Bridge". Harwood initially hooks listeners using a combination of ascending string ostinati and rock riffs. With various dramatic shifts and thematic references, Harwood keeps their attention through every second of the four minute score. It's a great way to plunge them into the action. Among other superb action tracks, "Goliath" appropriately displays the might and brutality of New York's brass players. "Parking Lot Fight" meanwhile displays the artist's talents for hybridising Hollywood orchestrations with contemporary rock riffs and electronic beats. Intense in both pace and texture, such themes are an absolutely enthralling part of Homefront.

Thankfully, Harwood introduces some depth to the soundtrack with a number of more introspective themes. His approach to orchestrating "Oasis" and "This Is Our Home" is much more intimate, with slow string build-ups and pensive woodwind solos. One of the reasons these tracks are remarkable is because they transform the main theme with a much more painful tones. These scores might be too shallow to listen to alone, but are powerful while playing the game. More ambient tracks such as "Abandon Streets" also provide a refreshing break from the action. Such tracks manage capture the sense of a lifeless place with their hybridised soundscapes and pin-drop silence, yet encompass a surprising scope nonetheless as gamers go on to explore the environment's facets.

Completists will be pleased to learn that Sumthing Else Music Works have presented much of the score for the game on their soundtrack release. However, it is worth noting that a large number of the 34 tracks here are used for specific cinematic sequences in the game and are therefore, more often than not, necessarily short. Harwood doesn't lower the standard of the score when creating these themes — as reflected by the excellence of the fully orchestrated "The Escape" and "Temperance" in particular — ensuring that the game's cinematics are genuinely enthralling. However, it can be frustrating that these tracks are often end abruptly for contextual reasons, giving the stand-alone soundtrack a less incohesive sound.

Like the previous game, this soundtrack also features a lyrical song co-created by Matthew Harwood and Scott Cresswell. This rock anthem certainly contrasts with the mostly orchestral content of the soundtrack. However, it works quite well in the game with its motivating and patriotic lyrics like "Stand Your Ground, Don't Back Down". The main chorus is pretty catchy, the male vocalists are quite enjoyable, and the band accompaniment is robust and enpowering. It's impressive that the artists managed to produce something of this quality through an in-house approach. Overall, a nice bonus for the soundtrack on par with its predecessor.

Summary

With its action-packed orchestrations, the soundtrack for Homefront is a major shift in direction from Frontlines: Fuel of War. While somewhat less individualised, it is more memorable and dramatic soundtrack overall. As well as being a solid if sometimes jarring stand-alone experience, the score is, above all, a narrative that drives the game's story and its character's actions. As such, it's very rare that a soundtrack makes you want to play a game as much as this one.



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Sumthing Else выпустит саундтрек Homefront

Не так давно мы писали о том, что несмотря на многообразие и богатство коллекционных изданий Homefront (в одной лишь России Акелла выпустит 2 варианта, не считая стандартного), саундтрека не будет ни в одним из них. Исключением лишь стала немецкая версия, в комплекте которой идёт диск под... Показать

 23.02.2011    1822
Here you can freely listen to preview tracks from Homefront Original Soundtrack. Album was composed by Мэттью Харвуд and was released on March 08, 2011. Soundtrack consists of 34 tracks tracks with duration over more than hour. Album was released by Sumthing Else.

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CD 1

1
Stand Your Ground
Matthew Harwood, Scott Cresswell
03:47
2
Main Theme
Matthew Harwood
02:29
3
Lobby
Matthew Harwood
01:31
4
Golden Gate
Matthew Harwood
04:05
5
Oasis
Matthew Harwood
03:21
6
Cul De Sac
Matthew Harwood
00:56
7
Escape
Matthew Harwood
00:37
8
Goliath
Matthew Harwood
03:48
9
Good By Boone
Matthew Harwood
00:49
10
The Drop Off
Matthew Harwood
01:04
11
Parking Lot Fight
Matthew Harwood
02:17
12
Outpost
Matthew Harwood
01:21
13
Airliner
Matthew Harwood
02:26
14
Back Yards
Matthew Harwood
01:57
15
Bridge Assault
Matthew Harwood
02:19
16
Abandon Streets
Matthew Harwood
02:09
17
Gas Station
Matthew Harwood
01:34
18
Suburbs
Matthew Harwood
02:00
19
On Fire
Matthew Harwood
02:11
20
Burnt Oasis
Matthew Harwood
01:26
21
Back Yard Battle
Matthew Harwood
01:47
22
Warehouse
Matthew Harwood
01:58
23
Outsiders
Matthew Harwood
02:19
24
Under The Bridge
Matthew Harwood
01:45
25
Take The Shot
Matthew Harwood
02:00
26
Little Bird Approach
Matthew Harwood
02:53
27
Bus Ride
Matthew Harwood
04:01
28
No Compromise
Matthew Harwood
02:03
29
Front Gate
Matthew Harwood
00:48
30
This Is Our Home
Matthew Harwood
01:17
31
Temperance
Matthew Harwood
01:22
32
Connor Morgan
Matthew Harwood
01:15
33
Crate City
Matthew Harwood
02:27
34
Familiar Has Become Alien
Matthew Harwood
03:45
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