How The Red Dead Redemption Soundtrack Was Made

"Let's just make it so no one turns off the music". An inauspicious first step for one of the best gaming soundtracks in recent memory.

While Red Dead Redemption is wowing people with its characters, open world and Western gunplay, the unsung hero of the title is its soundtrack, which unusually for a Rockstar game features not a single licensed track.

Think about it; Grand Theft Auto games are littered with real songs by real artists. Red Dead Redemption is set in 1911. How many songs from 1911 do you know?

Exactly. A great piece over on The Guardian goes into excruciating detail on how the game's original soundtrack was thus composed, including fascinating tidbits on where it was recorded and the deck it was recorded on (which was used on "everything from T-Rex and Grateful Dead, to Herbie Hancock").

"They were showing us the echo chambers beneath the floor that Les Paul made, which are 50ft under the ground," says Woody Jackson, one of the two composers. "It literally looks like a video game where you need to crawl into a hole and down a ladder. They wouldn't let us go down there, it's too far and too dangerous. But when we were doing the Widmore track, I was like 'put the chamber on!' and we did and it sounded great."

So great. Read more... below!

Redemption songs: the making of the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack [The Guardian]


    Yup, it is indeed amazing.

    But i raise you a Chrono Cross OST.

    Simply an amazing soundtrack. As much for it's composition as it's timely use of music.

    Example: The moment you disembark from the rickety raft in Mexico and Irish leaves you. That tune (U2B Jose Gonzalez - Far Away) is absolutely outstanding, and left me gobsmacked. I put the controller down for the 4 minutes and just enjoyed the sound of my horse's hooves in time to that wonderful tune. Incredible stuff.

      I agree %100, one of the best moments in the game

    I'm a little disapointed that I haven't the theme from the good, the bad and the ugly.

    I do the same to a lot of the tunes. Just stop doing what i'm doing to listen.
    Its so worthy of a buy - something I might even do.

    Game scores and soundtracks are a lot of the time greater than movie soundtrack and movie scores.

    The Halo scores are seriously Oscar worthy. Uncharted had some of the best musical scores aswell. Fits the theme and the suspense and action perfectly.

    I love the soundtrack! Has anyone played Gun? I know this game is very similar and only like it more for that reason. There are certain themes in the RDR soundtrack that are taken directly from Gun, though, and I wondered if anyone else noticed this.

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