By Michael Fontanini / July 12th, 2019
Materia Collective has announced that the Rend soundtrack, composed by Neal Acree is now available. He is well known for working on music for some of the biggest franchises in gaming. This time he takes you on a musical exploration of Nordic myth in the Rend original soundtrack, including vocals by Einar Selvik and Celica Soldream. It contains about an hour of the fantasy music of Rend. The Rend soundtrack is available on a bunch of different platforms, which you can see on its page in the previous link.
The press release from Materia Collective says there will also be a physical edition CD in a four-panel digipak with a booklet including credits, lyrics, liner notes, and session notes. Also available will be a 2xLP in Rune Blue Color Mix, which is a semi translucent, hand-poured combination of blues. The gatefold jacket has a glossy finish with a debossed logo, and includes printed sleeves for the records with credits, liner notes, and session photos.
Composer Neal Acree commented about what went into the creation of the Rend soundtrack:
“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. 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.”
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