Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Music of Bastion

For a soundtrack that was entirely recorded in the composer's closet in a NYC apartment, Bastion's soundtrack exceeds all expectations. The core aspect of Bastion that made it such a memorable game was innovation. Not only was the gameplay fresh, but the universe and mood were very well crafted, in large part due to the music.

The two most prominent themes in the game each represent a character. The first one is Zia's theme:
And the second is Zulf's:
The two themes come seamlessly together in this final theme:

The composer, Darren Korb, set out to create a soundtrack that would feel like the American West, but also depict a strange fantasy environment. I think the mix of the guitar and the electronic synths did a good job of achieving that timbre.