In early 2012, there was a Kickstarter for the video game The Banner Saga. One of the funding levels went "directly to help fund an all-out, full orchestral score for the game, recorded in a live studio!" The game's production has been going on for a while, but the score's been recorded over quite a long time this year according to my understanding, and finally we're getting our first preview of the soundtrack:
However, I hope they offer a physical soundtrack for the score. If I remember correctly from the kick starter campaign only the highest (or second highest $150 approximatly) are going to receive a physical cd of the score.
I thought about donating at that level but couldn't justify spending that much on a soundtrack I haven't fallen in love with. I guess time will tell if I chose poorly ;-)
My first impression upon buying this is it is far too dark for me to enjoy repeatedly. Of course I understand why certain choices were made for the style of the music considering the dark tone of the game. Perhaps it will grow on me over time.
Downloaded this from the much-appreicated Bandcamp link (where it is almost $2 less than iTunes, and partial proceeds go towards an educational benefit!!) and I have just finished my first listen. I love it! Very engaging stuff and quite fresh and original for a video game score. I look forward to when the game becomes available on PSN or for the iPad.