Mythic Game Score REND
July 21, 2019
Neal Acree’s REND Original Game Soundtrack Released
Materia Collective is excited to make available REND, the official soundtrack to the debut game from Frostkeep Studios. REND is a team-based survival game set in the fabled universe of Nordic myth, featuring the original score by composer Neal Acree.
Acree, best known for scoring and contributing to the scores of such videogame franchises as OVERWATCH, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: WARLORDS OF DRAENOR, STARCRAFT II, as well as the TV series STARGATE SG-1, digs deep into Nordic myth with intimate instrumentals and compelling vocals by Einar Selvik and Celica Soldream. The grandiose fantasy soundtrack spans close to an hour of music.
“As the players start out in the afterlife with nothing and have to craft survival tools with the elements around them I found myself reaching for older and less refined sounding instruments like the hardanger fiddle, hurdy gurdy, viola da gamba, and nyckelharpa,” explained Acree. “The resonant qualities of these instruments gave the feeling of ancient machines built out of wood and string. My favorite part about working on this soundtrack was getting to collaborate with Einar Selvik of the Norwegian folk band Wardruna. Einar not only provided some incredibly powerful vocals for a few of the songs but also set them to old Norse poetry. We were also able to record the City of Prague Philharmonic as well as more Celtic-influenced instruments and Bulgarian choir. In the end this score isn’t about one place or one cultural influence. It borrows from cultures around the world and gives them an otherworldly setting.”
The soundtrack is also available as a digital download and a 2xLP vinyl edition in Rune Blue Color Mix (a semi translucent, hand-poured combination of blues), gatefold jacket with glossy finish and debossed logo, and printed sleeves for the records with session photos, liner notes, and credits.
Order as download, CD, or 2XLP vinyl from Bandcamp or download from iTunes.
For more details, see www.materiacollective.com/