ReMix: Baldur's Gate 'Hero of the Heartlands'

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Baldur's Gate

Scott Buckley ( debuts with a beautiful, striking, epic orchestral & choral arrangement of Baldur's Gate - a game with a fantastic score that we've nevertheless only posted one other ReMix of, back in 2006:

"My interpretation of one of gaming's most iconic RPG themes (in my opinion). I was terrible at playing the game as a kid, but Michael Hoenig's score captivated me. I played with the rhythms and orchestration of the themes, adding bigger percussion and some more exciting orchestral and vocal elements to bring it into a more modern, hard-hitting cinematic context. The track was sequenced in Sonar using predominantly EWQL Orchestral libraries. I hope you guys enjoy it! :)"

Really strong, memorable mix here, displaying a firm grasp on cinematic instrumentation, arrangement, and production; starting off with a subtle, eastern soundscape, Scott deftly builds tension with background vocalizing and running percussion until BAM: 1'09" hits and it's all-out WAR. DEM BRASS. I love the longer format, too - often orchestral VGM arrangements go for a briefer, cue/sketch feel, but at seven minutes and change, this ReMix is here to STAY; it's not just a skirmish or a battle, it's the whole ballgame - the stakes couldn't be higher, everything's on the table, and listeners are in for an action-packed ride on a legendary scale. Not much else to say, other than you'll have to hear it for yourself - amazing debut from Scott, who knocks it out of the park & gives a very deserving OST a Hollywood makeover that hits hard, smart, and long. Great stuff, dying to hear more!


Discussion: Latest 8 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Nobbynob Littlun
on 2013-10-27 14:25:01
Wow! This is really well done. Instant favorite.
I was particularly impressed with 4'00-5'00; that grand sweeping feel, and the vocals right there especially. It's got that "talented amateur" sound, where the emotion carries it further than any amount of professionalism would.
on 2013-10-19 10:54:23
Absolutely gorgeous orchestra, man! Sounds like something straight out of an epic adventure movie, especially with the softer break in the middle section and the vocalizing in the background. Damn good debut, Buckley!
on 2013-10-16 02:29:45
One of the most overused words on the interweb these days is "epic." It's a perfectly good word, but I hate using it now.
This song is the proper use of the word.
on 2013-10-15 10:45:35
Really Nice orchestral mix! Makes me remember of my youth :)
on 2013-10-15 06:19:38
This guy has made better use of EWQL libraries than i've heard in a long time.
on 2013-10-14 18:08:40
This is great!
on 2013-10-14 17:07:34
omg. This is such a great tribute to a game I played so much in the early 00s
on 2013-10-14 16:51:16
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