[PCPH TOP 100 Video Game Music] Assassin’s Creed 3 Soundtrack
Let me confess: I love many game soundtracks. I already devoured them in my young days… motivating and moving music does not get any better than this.
You could say I like video game soundtracks better than most movie soundtracks, and that genre really does have several great pieces.
Hans Zimmer’s best also a video game
Like movie soundtracks created by Hans Zimmer, for example.
But …honestly – also Zimmer did his best work for a video game: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
Theory: Video Game Music naturally superior to Movie soundtracks
To begin with, soundtracks or better pieces for movies have to fit perfectly to the scenes, so even very promising melodies are often cut short, they cannot play out. This is not the case with video games.
Game music on the other hand, since every gaming situation is different (depending on the player and his individual decisions), must cover entire game sequences without becoming boring fast.
So the composer needs to create longer pieces, more like songs and by that awesome music is thereby often the product – which “lasts”.
Video Game Soundtrack for AC3 – one of the best
So today want to portrait music I really love: The Assassin’s Creed 3 soundtrack.
On June 14, 2012, it was announced that from now on he would be the main and only composer for the franchise (via twitter).
Jesper Kyd co-composed for predecessor AC Revelations
Up to that point Jesper Kyd had been responsible for the AC series’ soundtracks. He was the composer from the very beginning, the very first Assassin’s Creed soundtrack back in 2006.
So this was the first of the series soundtracks that didn’t feature Jesper Kyd anymore.
For the predecessor ” Assassins Creed Revelations” Lorne Balfe and Jesper Kyd had co-composed.
And, though on his own – Lorne did a great job…listen in.
It immediately gets good:
This soundtrack has been released on October 30 2012, via digital download option.
DLC: The Tyranny of King Washington
Balfe later also composed the music for the DLC content The Tyranny of King Washington which has been released on April 23, 2013.
What makes AC 3’s soundtrack so special is the way Balfe employs instruments which must come with Native American heritage.
Gripping and suspenseful
When listening to the soundtrack you immediately imagine Connor back in 1776 fighting the villains and helping the hope- and helpless.
Balfe managed not only to employ some very Native American sounding tunes and instruments, he combined these with a full-blown orchestra, and on top of that electronic sounds which give the soundtrack an extreme feeling of gripping suspense.
I’m not a musician but what I read is that Balfe uses so called syncopes [meaning the sound is kind of slightly off, like drums slightly delayed] and 7/8th meters very cleverly, which impressively creates a feeling of urgency in the listener.
Lorne Balfe is today one of the Great
To me Balfe, who after this soundtrack has come to real fame for several movies like Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ghost in the Shell or Terminator Genisys, just to mention a few, is one of the great composers of our time.
Trivia: Assassin’s Creed Soundtrack
- Jesper Kyd later composed the soundtrack for State of Decay 2
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag soundtrack was released in 2013 and composed by the American Bryan Tyler (who also composed the soundtrack for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3)
- Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate soundtrack was released in 2015 and is composed by the American Austin Wintory
- Assassin’s Creed Origins soundtrack was released 2017 was written by the American composer Sarah Schachner
- on March 29, 2019, Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered as a “New Visual and Gameplay” experience. All DLCs (The Tyranny of King Washington and the entire “Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered”) are included
- the music for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (released in October 2018) and composed by the British team The Flight (Alexis Smith and Joe Henson)
Track listing AC3
- Assassin’s Creed III Main Theme (duration 3:06 minutes)
- An Uncertain Present (duration 2:10 minutes)
- Escape in Style (duration 2:15 minutes)
- Welcome To Boston (duration 2:34 minutes)
- Freedom Fighter (duration 2:16 minutes)
- A Bitter Truth (duration 1:36 minutes)
- Through the Frontier (duration 3:02 minutes)
- Connor‘s Life (duration 4:56 minutes)
- Trouble in Town (duration 2:25 minutes)
- Farewell (duration 1:05 minutes)
- Homestead (duration 3:02 minutes)
- The Battle of Breed’s Hill (duration 2:18 minutes)
- Speck of Dust (duration 2:52 minutes)
- Modern Assassin (duration 3:05 minutes)
- Desmond‘s Destiny (duration 1:38 minutes)
- The Aquila (duration 2:18 minutes)
- Fight Club (duration 2:05 minutes)
- Eye of the Storm (duration 2:07 minutes)
- Temple Secrets (duration 1:41 minutes)
- Beer and Friends (duration 1:10 minutes)
- Battle at Sea (duration 4:02 minutes)
- Breaching the Walls (duration 3:32 minutes)
- Wild Instincts (duration 2:44 minutes)
- What Came Before (duration 4:11 minutes)
- Assassin’s Creed III Main Theme Variation (duration 1:33 minutes)