Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception [Original Video Game Soundtrack]

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception [Original Video Game Soundtrack]

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by Greg Edmonson
     
 
The demands of writing music for a video game are different from what's required for a movie soundtrack in several regards, one of which is that, given the need for the game player to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles, the same section of the game may have to be repeated many times, and there is a danger that the music may begin to wear on the listener as it plays

Overview

The demands of writing music for a video game are different from what's required for a movie soundtrack in several regards, one of which is that, given the need for the game player to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles, the same section of the game may have to be repeated many times, and there is a danger that the music may begin to wear on the listener as it plays again and again. Composer Greg Edmonson was mindful of this concern in writing the music for the first two editions of Uncharted, sometimes preferring ambient sounds. He hasn't much worried about it with Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, instead making sure that his music could match the action and reinforce the sense of location in the game. Drake's Deception takes main character Nathan Drake (an Indiana Jones-like adventurer said to be a descendent of Sir Francis Drake) on the search for a lost city in the desert, and that's enough to have Edmonson and a few guest composers suggesting Maurice Jarre's music from Lawrence of Arabia (e.g., "The Empty Quarter," actually written by Clint Bajakian) to evoke those desert wastes and employing singer Azam Ali to ululate in a Middle Eastern mode. Edmonson also uses ethnic instruments, especially percussion, to give exotic flavors to the symphonic moods. Another difference between game composing and movie composing is that games don't generally slow down much for exposition or love scenes; it's pretty much action all the time. And so, the two hours of this soundtrack don't give much pause for breath, plunging on from one dramatic sequence to another. It may not be long before Nathan Drake joins Tomb Raider's Laura Croft on the movie screen, and if he does Greg Edmonson will be all set to join him, perhaps repeating some of the cues heard here.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/15/2011
Label:
La-La Land Records
UPC:
0826924119020
catalogNumber:
1190

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Nate's Theme
  2. Atlantis Of The Sands
  3. The Setup
  4. Small Beginnings
  5. Bazaar Brawl
  6. The Settlement
  7. Badlands
  8. As Above, So Below
  9. Iram Of The Pillars
  10. Arachnophobia
  11. The London Underground
  12. Mind Games
  13. Sink Or Swim
  14. The Empty Quarter
  15. Boarding Party
  16. Second-Story Work
  17. Maritime Malefeasance
  18. Drake's Return
  19. Shootout
  20. Oh No Chateau
  21. Science And Magic
  22. Museum Bust
  23. Searching For Sully
  24. The Caravan
  25. Pursuit
  26. Something Better

Disc 2

  1. East End Boys
  2. Marlowe, I Presume?
  3. Cruisin' For A Bruisin'
  4. The Rub' Al Khali
  5. The Streets Of Ubar
  6. Reckless - Powerplay (Thorn Remix)
  7. Secret Order
  8. Marlowe's Revenge
  9. Dreamers Of The Day
  10. Science And Magic - Powerplay (Buresh Remix)
  11. Ambushed
  12. Abducted
  13. Reckless
  14. A Plane To Catch
  15. Nowhere To Run
  16. The Streets Of Yemen
  17. Stowaway
  18. Iram Of The Pillars - Powerplay (Bricker Remix)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Greg Edmonson   Primary Artist
Brad Dutz   Percussion,Drums
Craig Stull   Guitar,Strings
Azam Ali   Vocals
Chris Bleth   Woodwind
Randy Gloss   Percussion,Drums
Loga Ramin Torkian   Guitar,Strings,Viol
J. Eric Schmidt   Conductor
M.B. Gordy   Percussion,Drums
JD Mayer   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Alan Steinberger   Arranger,Orchestration
Daniel Schweiger   Liner Notes
Clint Bajakian   Additional Music
Azam Ali   Additional Music
Everton Nelson   Orchestra Leader
Andrew Dudman   Engineering
Greg Edmonson   Composer
Jason Swan   Management,Licensing
Michael V. Gerhard   Executive Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Loga Ramin Torkian   Additional Music
Colette Barber   Studio Manager
Paul Thomason   Scoring Assistant
David C. Fein   Art Direction
Chuck Doud   Executive Producer
Scott Hanau   Supervision Assistant
Marc Senasac   Engineering
Jonathan Mayer   Producer
J. Eric Schmidt   Arranger,Orchestration
Charlotte Matthews   Orchestral Agent
Justin Fields   Licensing
JD Mayer   Additional Music

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Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception [Original Video Game Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uncharted 3 is the best game I have ever played. One of the reasons why is the great musical score by Greg Edmonson. This soundtrack is full of many sounds, instruments, and vocals that compliment the game excellently. Many of the songs feature a middle eastern theme and in some cases are performed by artists from that area. I also love the guitar in the Cartagena theme, it's perfect. Nate is kind of like the video game version of Indiana Jones and some of the songs reflect that as well. Plus getting two CDs (totaling 44 songs) is great!